Memory Line Submission for Community Poem
What is your earliest memory of downtown Youngstown? Did you live in or visit the City as a child? Did you move to Youngstown as a YSU student, or come for a job?
We are looking for memories of downtown Youngstown, difficult and lovely, from current/former residents who are diverse in age, ethnicity, and experience. Youngstown is a complicated place, and our shared memories reflect that complexity.
Please submit one memory per person, one-two sentences. Include specific details to help the reader imagine your memory. See examples below:
"My favorite restaurant was Charlie Staples, and we would all pile in my Grandpa's silver Buick on Friday night. My mouth waters remembering that sweet, sticky sauce."
"YSU was like a secret garden surrounded by neighborhoods that must have been unimaginably beautiful. When I took walks off campus, I thought about winning the lottery, buy all those houses and bring them back to life."
"I met my husband at the Elms Ballroom. I saw him from across the room, wearing a beautiful hat, dancing like it was a Hollywood movie."
"The first time I saw downtown Youngstown it was almost completely shuttered. Then a few bars and restaurants opened, with the exposed brick and tin ceilings, and it felt urgent to keep them alive."
"Soon as I was old enough to get in with a fake I.D., I was at Cedars every weekend to hear great music and hang out with all the musicians, artists and other free thinkers."
Memory writers' names will be included on the mural. Please note that we may reach out to you to ask permission to edit your submission.
This form asks for information about you, to ensure that we include responses from a diversity of submitters. We will not share your personal information, and we are grateful for your participation.
We'll be in touch over the summer about selected memories and mural progression.
What is your 1-2 sentence memory?
What is your name?
What is your phone number?
What years did (do) you live/visit the Mahoning Valley? (For example 1940-present, 1960-1978, etc.)
What is your age?
10 and younger
76 and older
What is your ethnicity?
Hispanic American/Latinx American/Hispanic/Latinx
Anything else you'd like us to know?
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