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Pavlik giving media a reason not to dwell on Youngstown's past

Mention Youngstown and most Americans think of dilapidated buildings and a city that has seen better days. Kelly Pavlik is doing his part to give them something else to talk about.

Originally Published: October 16, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

The image of Youngstown, Ohio, as a withered metropolis pervades pop culture.

The city's decline has been chronicled in books and documentaries -- even in song. In 1995, Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded "Youngstown" for his album, "The Ghost of Tom Joad." The song is an ode to the days when local men "made the cannon balls that helped the Union win the war," and smokestacks reached up to the heavens. The song's hero ends up broken and bitter, surveying the scraps of a once prosperous ...

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