Hometown Heroes

Hometown Hero dedicated to cleaning up Youngstown

Sharon Letson's goal is to make the city beautiful

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) - If you took a walk around downtown Youngstown 15 years ago and then did so again today, you'd likely noticed a change in the landscape.

This week's Hometown Hero dedicates her time to just that -- changing and improving the look of downtown.

Sharon Letson, executive director of Youngstown Cityscape, organizes events such as Cityscape and has a hand in the maintenance of flower beds, sidewalks and monuments in downtown Youngstown.

She doesn't just organize it, though. She gets out there and volunteers herself -- planting flowers and making sure that the city's downtown is constantly improving.

"We've got to pay attention to how we look so that people want to be in our city," she said. 

Letson has helped propel the organization from what started as a grassroots group to now over 800 volunteers at its Streetscape event.

She says she couldn't have done it alone, however. 

"The most important part of all the things I've ever done was partnerships," she said.

Since moving to the Valley, she's not only been active with Cityscape but stays busy with her local church and rotary club.

She said seeing the growth in both the community and business is most rewarding. 

Cityscape is holding its annual Streetscape event this Saturday. This year's event is themed "Superheroes," but Sharon insists she's not one.

"I wouldn't say I'm a superhero, but I do say I have a passion and a heart and a drive for seeing us do well as a community," she said.


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