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Downtown resurgence

Shopping — and living — on the rise in Warren’s center

February 17, 2013

WARREN Landlords, building owners and the city are looking to capitalize on increased activity around Courthouse Square. Paul Clouser, who owns National Fire & Water Repair, 143 W. Market St....

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Feb-25-13 5:59 PM

"Zen, we are working on a non-profit whose mission statement is to kill bums, hobos and other forms of human blight. "

You mean the Weaner foundation? No thanks.

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Feb-23-13 6:43 PM

I read the artical and decided we'll start eating and shopping downtown more so this Saturday we drive downtown for lunch and nothing was opened except the Mocha house and Sunrise.Later we decided to go shopping and that was also a big let down. The only shops opened at 3pm was the comic book store and the Gardners green thumb which we really liked and found plenty to spend our money on.In our case we will never be able to try the two restuarants on the square because of their hours.Some of the other little shops looked nice but we'll never see the inside of them. We eat out every Sat. and that is also when we shop.

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Feb-19-13 1:23 PM

Nobody said the walk-way, the cost of this from the city's end is inflated in this report, would turn the city around.

I guess I didn't read it as closely as you did. Might have to read it again to see where that was stated.

I am curious, do you still live in Warren, insider?

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Feb-18-13 7:45 PM

Downtown Warren, just like any downtown are, is the heart of the city. Renovation and rejuvenation begins downtown and moves outward into the residential areas. Wouldn't we love to see Area 41 mirror the rebirth of Ohio City or Tremont! It could happen with the enthusiasm of residents like Clouser, Bartholomew and other successful professionals who enjoy the downtown Warren lifestyle. Kudos to all of them!

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Feb-18-13 12:48 PM

...and a $160,000 walkway is going to turn this city around?

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Feb-18-13 12:45 PM

Yes, we need government buildings, they need to be somewhere, and a central downtown location makes sense. But the Trib's downtown boosterism is tiresome.

Sure, there is remodeling going on downtown, but it's going on all over the city too. Yes, there are small businesses opening downtown, but they are opening at other locations around the city too. Yes, some people enjoy living downtown, but probably 98 percent of Warren's citizens live in residential neighborhoods.

The Trib seems to think if Warren had a quaint, bustling downtown, it would be a successful city. The declining population, boarded up homes, vacant or demolished plazas, plummeting business climate, and their causes are non-stories.

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Feb-18-13 10:44 AM

When I returned from the military in the early 80's I lived downtown. I truly enjoyed it. Then the only real things downtown were bars the Park Hotel and a few restaurants. I remember as a kid the policeman that walked downtown during the day and one until most things were closed. I remember going downtown was a big deal and one of those things that happened about once a month or so. I would love to see downtown Warren find its way back to more people wanting to come down. With the community college on its way to becoming utilized more, the shell industry coming to the area and the need for its employees to go to county offices, and people like described in this article downtown will slowly become like a small college town. I for one will try to show more support for these small business'.

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Feb-18-13 9:47 AM

The problem with removing the two-hour parking ban is there would never be any available street parking. People who work downtown get there pretty early and they would probably park in the spot closest to where they work.

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Feb-18-13 9:16 AM

I have lived in a loft on the square downtown for the past 5 years. I have really enjoyed it. It has been great to walk to restaurants, the park, the ymca, even to Harding games. I think the square in downtown Warren provides the city a great opportunity to have a campus feel

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Feb-18-13 7:34 AM

What parking does the Saratoga have? They have street parking. Two things could help downtown business. (1)Eliminate the two hour parking ban. (2) Move the festivals out of the square and into the park. We have a beautiful park and a wonderful stage area. The residents and merchants gain nothing by having the festivals on the square. They lose customer parking, they gain trash. The food concessions interfere with the restaurants on the square. These restaurants employ people downton and pay substantial city and county taxes. Move them to the park.

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Feb-17-13 10:50 PM

Downtown is starting to look very nice. I really do wish there were more places to shop. I guess I miss the old days with Kresge's, Sears, Penneys etc. but sadly those days are gone. There is a new little shop that carries Ohio made stuff, it is a couple doors down from Artistics. I also go to the Saratoga to eat. Love the decor there and Jim and the staff are always friendly and nice!!

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Feb-17-13 10:12 PM

Maybe Optimism and Creativity and most importantly Pride is just to much Effort and downright Scarey to some Nativio. Or maybe its just easier for some to be negative, on everything!

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Feb-17-13 9:30 PM

This town, and these boards, are full of ignorant, negative people who, I believe, had the best parts of themselves left in a medical waste dumpster post-hatching.

People like insider, who seems intelligent and has probably actually visited or read about places outside of Trumbull county so I don't know why he/she is so negative, have no idea of redevelopment/gentrification success stories all over this country.

Sometimes, it starts with local government help... Might not happen in Warren, with its impotent WRAP and its incompetent Office of Community Development... So luckily, it sometimes starts with people like Paul Clouser (what are the odds? He bought and renovated a building called "The Clouser Building?)and Bartholomew and artists and business people mentioned in this article and by the anonymous "Pclouser" poster... Buy hey, if you don't like downtown, that is fine, but there is no reason to be negative. If you don't care, then it doesn't affect you.

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Feb-17-13 7:54 PM

Downtown Warren Can Absolutely come Alive Again! Cleveland, Akron, Pittsburgh even Youngstown have done just what this story describes. Downtown of the county seat has, should and will again make a positive Impression of people in Trumbull county.

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Feb-17-13 6:50 PM

insider these folks have invested thousands and thousands of dollars. No 'wishful thinking' just action.

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Feb-17-13 6:20 PM

Downtown will never thrive unless they get rid of the low income housing.

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Feb-17-13 5:51 PM

I'm glad to see growth and development in downtown Warren. Tim Drummond is a super nice guy and a very hard worker. He has made some items for us and he did a fantastic job.

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Feb-17-13 4:16 PM

It's nice to hear people really working on downtown. I think what the Clousers have done and the ideas they have for the future are great. I would love to see those apartments! I will make every effort to visit downtown more often. I agree, parking can be frustrating, but there are places to pay a couple dollars for parking that aren't a far walk. If you go to a larger city you can pay anywhere from $10 to $20 for parking, so I hope people realize that even if they have to pay to park, it's much cheaper in Warren than most other cities.

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Feb-17-13 2:50 PM

As a lifelong Warren resident, I enjoy fond memories of downtown Warren but to go back to that era means to move backwards. The steel glory days are gone. Our future is shale and whatever opportunity and prosperity we dare to pursue with it. Since moving downtown, I have met a lot of great people. Mayor Franklin, Tom Gysgem, Greg Bartholomew, Pat Galgozy, Matt Martin, Josh Nativio, George Pischalko, Jim Chicolo, Adam Keck, Aaron Chine, Tim Drummond. I cannot possibly name all the fantastic people I am proud to call my friends and/or neigbors. All of these folks love this town and are working hard to make it better. They are people of action. If you have a dim view of downtown Warren, I would invite you to meet with any of these individuals and see what is happening here. Not only is there a new "sheriff" in this town, there are a whole bunch of new deputies. This ain't your daddy's Warren. Step up or step aside.

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Feb-17-13 2:44 PM

Just do it one building at a time. i also believe that if you build it they will come.

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Feb-17-13 2:16 PM

Caving in to the lowest common denominators is,in my belief,not the way to go. I believe in the "build it and they will come" philosophy and this especially holds true when it comes to the downtown of Warren- the Seat of Trumbull County. We cannot let others decide where we feel safe to live.Someone was fixing one of the old theaters.I hope it will be finished one day soon.We have seen many great shows at the old Kent Stage in downtown Kent. There is no reason we could not book folk music and blues acts in our area.It would bring good people and create a positive atmosphere along with money to spend in area eateries.The Amphitheater is a good force.ANYTHING like the work these fine folks are accomplishing is nothing but great and a plus for Warren.

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Feb-17-13 10:55 AM

Take a lesson from New York City. Back in the 70's, the city was a living punchline of a joke, full of drugs, crime, prostitution, etc. When city council decided to get serious about revitalizing NYC, the first thing they did was get very tough on crime, including vagrancy and beggars. The city turned around.

The first step in truly revitalizing downtown Warren is to get rid of the crime, including the panhandlers.

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Feb-17-13 10:52 AM

Zen, we are working on a non-profit whose mission statement is to kill bums, hobos and other forms of human blight.

But until that happens, we need a local government that realizes the downtown is the hub of the city and take serious strides to not get moist over homeless women shelters, to not coddle a redevelopment nonprofit that does nothing and will get in a room with the police and tell them to take more of an interest in rousting some of these creatures from out of the downtown area

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Feb-17-13 10:47 AM

I moved here from Boardman 4 years ago, I love down town! Continue making it a place to live in safely and I will gladly go there!

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Feb-17-13 10:42 AM

In its day downtown Warren had it all. Those days are long gone and will not return. I'm all for revitalization whether it be new businesses or residents. However, to make this area safe we first need to eliminate the criminals, drug dealers, vagrants, prostitutes, thugs, criminals. It's great that a few new businesses have surfaced and that there are those who don't mind living with the challenges of the area. I'm sure you adapt knowing what lurks on the streets. Every city deserves to have a vibrant, thriving downtown area. After all this is what visitors see as the city's main hub. Clean it up and you may benefit in many more ways than one .......

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