Downtown Construction Doesn’t Deter Streetscape

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Streetscape, the signature beautification and cleanup project sponsored by Youngstown CityScape, embraced a positive attitude June 4 with the theme “Under Construction and Growing.”

More than 700 volunteers participated in the annual event. Teams represented local businesses, nonprofit organizations and neighborhood groups. Individuals also donated their time.

Because of the roadwork underway with the Smart2 project, some areas where volunteers traditionally do planting could not be beautified this year.

“Sort of like when you’re under construction at home, make what you have look as best as it can, is our take,” said CityScape’s executive director, Sharon Letson.

Financial contributions totaled $50,000, she said. Some of the plants were grown at the former Briel’s greenhouse, which CityScape purchased in 2021.

Pictured at top:  Rebecca Nan and Louise Kline add flowers to a planter on West Federal Street.

Working on Central Square is a team from First National Bank: Nichole Lester, Nicole Gargano, Pete Asimakopoulos, Alice Csejtey and Adam Gargano.
Cleaning up an area near the steps behind Erie Terminal Place are architects Olivia Slater, Bruce Sefanick, John Orsini, Brian Spielvogel and Lillian Harnett.
Supplying rakes, shovels and gardening tools are Jamille Murphy, Sonya Harris, Theresa  Sanchez and Bob Burke from the Youngstown Board of Health.
Planting along East Federal Street are five employees of Hollywood  Gaming: Mary Monoski, Abbey Cece, Connor Riley, Sammie Keeney and Nawai Moatassem.