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Dozens help beautify the Idora neighborhood area today

Published: Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 10:17 p.m.


At first glance, the small rectangular lot at Parkview Avenue and Volney Road on the city’s South Side looks sparse and desolate.

Tufts of yellowing grass look like small islands surrounded by dirt spots, with intermittent skeletal remains of weeds. A few small bushes with bright berries are scattered about, and fallen leaves nearly obscure sections of tall grass.

None of that, however, tells the story of neighborhood transformation; the cluster of 6-inch holes in the ground does that.

“This neighborhood has had it rough,” observed Victoria Rusu, an officer with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. “[Residents] want their neighborhood to be beautiful and want their homes and lots cleaned up.”

Rusu and five others were filling the holes with columbine, black-eyed Susans and other perennials that promise to add color and blooms to the corner lot next spring.

The six also were among dozens of volunteers who took part in Saturday’s Community Clean Up Day, sponsored by YNDC.

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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

You still can't walk on the Idora area streets at night or even daytime for that matter. The urban gangstas will get you!!!

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2Nunya22(315 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Section 8 and other low income places isn't the cause of crime. If it is then why are rich people and middle class people commiting crimes as well?

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3Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Section 8 housing and government assistance for teenagers having babies has contributed to the decline of all communities. Section 8 by itself may be a a helping hand but all it attracts to the house or apartment is more people with time on their hands that don't work. Before and after photos of the houses when the tenants leave would be an eyeopener for all the do-gooders on this site. The filth, damage and clothing left behind is disgusting-just ask anyone who has lived near one of these rentals. The great society has failed society. Accolades to the residents of the Idora Park area for wanting to make their neighborhood better.

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4Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Section 8 has failed because we have took away there need to work to support them self. Idle hands lead to trouble. With all there extra time saved but not working they have found crime and drugs as a answer to there boredom.
AS someone that has work on section 8 apartments they live better then most of the middle class. Look at all the single moms on it. How many are married in all but name (Wifey) to their man. They don't want to get married because then there government benefits will end. She will have a baby claim to be a single mom without support and claim section8, food stamps, medicaid, power and phone aid. Then move the man who often has a job in to the apartment off the lease. With the government paying all the bills they can live the good life off his check nice big TV, nice car, nice furniture etc.

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