Neighborhood stricken by crime gets makeover

WDTN Photo/Chris Smith

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton neighborhood that has been stricken by crime got a makeover Sunday.

With trash bags and tools, volunteers took to the streets, alleys and empty lots to beautify the neighborhood.

“Our neighborhood is the neighborhood in the city that is making the biggest comeback as far as occupying formerly vacant houses, cleaning up, and getting people to come here and enjoy the beautiful architecture and good neighbors,” said Bill Marvin of the Five Oaks Neighborhood Association.

A number of neighborhood volunteers, UD students, and city workers help with the cleanup efforts.

“We come down here so we just wanted to make the place look better and help out where we’re from, too,” said volunteer Paige Yaeger.

All of the trash cleaned up this weekend will be picked up by the city’s Public Works Department throughout the week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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