Downtown Youngstown, OH
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Downtown Youngstown is the site of most of the city's government buildings and banks. A number of entertainment venues are also located in the downtown, including the Chevrolet Centre, Powers Auditorium (the original Warner Bros. Theatre), and the DeYor Performing Arts Center and Oakland Centers for the Performing Arts. In addition, the downtown sits to the immediate south of notable cultural and educational resources, including Youngstown State University, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the McDonough Museum of Contemporary Art.
In line with national trends, Youngstown's traditional downtown area fell into steep decline in the 1970s and early 1980s. This downward trend was exacerbated by factors including the opening of shopping malls in neighboring communities. These included the Southern Park Mall, in the suburb of Boardman, and Eastwood Mall, in nearby Niles. Other contributing developments were the collapse of the local steel industry and depopulation of the center city.