Youngstown is looking to lease mineral rights to pay for demolition

Youngstown has 5,000 structures that are vacant or ready for demolition and with only enough money to raze 260 homes, the city council is debating whether to lease its mineral rights to raise money for the project, Bloomberg reports. Rep. Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) insists that the short-term financial gain is not worth the environmental and health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, but the city’s mayor, Charles P. Sammarone, insists that demolition is a priority because “dilapidated homes are causing people to leave or avoid the city,” the article said. For more, read the full story here.