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The stretch of U.S. Route 422 between Youngstown and Girard once represented one of the busiest sections of a growing Mahoning Valley. Companies like Ohio Leather Works, Unger Brothers Packing and the massive Youngstown Sheet and Tube Brier Hill Works, lined the heavily traveled route. Deindustrialization in the 1970s ended a long era of both economic growth and pollution in the corridor, but left behind all varieties of blight.

What once was a dingy beige building at 2905 Glenwood Ave. that nearly blended in with those surrounding it now stands out. You can’t miss it.

What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes. That’s what those involved in a project along Youngstown’s Glenwood Avenue corridor are saying.

Another improvement project has been completed in the ongoing revitalization on the south side of Youngstown.

Ken Bowman joins the line for a free lunch in the Youngstown Salvation Army canteen, just like he does every Friday.