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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