Kevin O’Boyle doesn’t own the empty lot alongside his home on Mineral Avenue in Scranton, but he is the one who takes care of it.
“I keep it clean because it’s next to my house,” Mr. O’Boyle said.
Other neighbors do the same thing, as de-facto caretakers of several vacant lots that used to have condemned homes on them in the tiny neighborhood called Sandy Banks encompassing Mineral Avenue and Barrett Court at West Olive Street near the Lackawanna River.
“It’s our neighborhood. We want to keep it clean,” Mr. O’Boyle said of the community pride there.