Economic Development

Students from The New School Working with TNP

WARREN, Ohio – For the third consecutive year, students from The New School in New York City will meet with residents and neighborhood organizations in Warren to develop projects to address blighted areas in the city.

The cohort will also work with the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to come up with ideas for renovating vacant houses in the Garden District. Students from The New School worked with TNP for the first time last year.

“The level of talent, commitment, and passion these students and their teachers bring to Warren for now the third year running is outstanding,” said TNP executive director Matt Martin. “We love to work with them because they push us to think outside of the box and they help our residents realize solutions to issues around blight and vacancy.”

Martin added that the project, a continuation of previous years’ work, will focus on creating models that “support the community and create educational and job opportunities,” as well as creating “better healthy affordable housing.”

Students from The New School are a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students from several programs, including urban policy, financing and design.

“Our work integrates healthy building practices, healthy products and green science with design research to directly impact the health of our building materials,” said Alison Mears, director of the healthy materials labs at The New School. “We are particularly focused on the well-being of low-income populations, which, typically, are the most vulnerable to the negative effects of these products.”

The project, which the students will work on all semester, will wrap up with an exhibit in Warren in late May or early June, Martin said.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.