Like the rest of Youngstown, the Idora Neighborhood suffers from a large percentage of vacant properties. Beginning in the 1970s, people began to flee the area, leaving in their wake homes with no one left to rehabilitate them. While such structures are certainly an aesthetic blight, they also pose a host of other obstacles. For instance, vacant properties have resulted in declining property values for the entire city, which has made businesses hesitant to invest in the area, and eventually has led to rampant unemployment, crime, and poverty.
Fortunately, the Idora Neighborhood Association has addressed this issue by strategically identifying structures to be demolished and using the empty space for the benefit of the entire community. Such efforts have yielded huge results. Members of the Idora Neighborhood Association are committed to continue eliminating vacant structures and remain hopeful that the neighborhood will thrive once again.