YOUNGSTOWN - The downtown has been going uptown.
In the last few years, new restaurants and bars opening mainly on West Federal Street have pumped life back into a part of town that some had written off.
But one of those business owners, Jacob Harver, co-owner of the Lemon Grove restaurant, said he had never written off the downtown.
A native of the West Side, Harver said he has always been attracted to the downtown. During the down time when it seemed the downtown was on life support, the city's arts community kept it alive with places like Cedar's.
Cedar's recently closed and is moving to the lower West Side because of a dispute with the landlord who owns the building.
Harver, whose restaurant opened in 2009 on West Federal Street and moved two doors down a few months ago, said the streets and buildings downtown offer a unique experience that cannot be duplicated.
"People see the suburbs are boring," Harver said. "The city is where the action happens."
Lyndsey A. Hughes, director of downtown events and special projects for the city, said the trend downtown is not just toward new businesses but also toward living space.
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