KSU Students Work to Revitalize Warren’s Southwest Side

WARREN, Ohio – Kent State University students involved in a project to develop ideas to revitalize a portion of Warren’s southwest side must consider ways to connect the area to the rest of the city while preserving its proud heritage, according to those who attended a recent meeting about the project.

The meeting at Second Baptist Church in Warren marked the second visit to the city by a group of KSU architecture students. The 16 third-year students in associate professor Bill Willoughby’s class in KSU’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design are devising plans to revitalize portions of the Quinby and Jefferson neighborhoods. The area is bordered by the Mahoning River and state Route 45 (Tod Avenue).

“We are having a facilitated conversation with the neighborhood to see what kinds of needs and aspirations the neighborhood has,” Willoughby says.

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