I love the street sign on the corner of Midlothian and Youngstown Poland Road because the Youngstown was abbreviated to YO. Yeah, it says YO-POLAND on that sign. So there. That is proof positive that the abbreviation for Youngstown should include an O as in Yo’s town instead of Y-town. Yo’s town makes more sense as Youngstown is, historically, Young’s town.
I don’t know where that Y-town nonsense started, perhaps at YSU (which stands for “You’re Still Unemployed” if you ask a Kent State graduate of a certain generation, just a bit of teasing to their Youngstown State counterparts.) Perhaps a planning committee launched the Y-town thing and the local media perpetuates the nickname because they think it sounds progressive and exciting, adds vibrancy to an old steel town, but it comes off as manufactured and just downright cute.
Maybe Yo’s Town sounds too much like something a gangster would say in an old black and white movie? When I try to think of a line, I hear my father’s voice in my head saying, “You’s guys over there…” and laugh. Youngstown has worked hard to shed its mob town image, to lay the past down and embrace the future. But Y-town sounds too much like Why-town, makes people ask, “Why Youngstown?”
Yo is a good word fragment. A lot of people answer the telephone with a simple “Yo” or holler “YO!” across a parking lot to get someone’s attention. Maybe that is a local thing.
YO is also just the first two letters of YOU, as in a sky written, “I (heart for love) you” that just happened to trail off the page. Today’s art was drawn with Faber-Castell Polychromos on bristol.
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