Hello my name is Christian, I have lived in the Crenshaw District of South Los Angeles for 29 years, my whole life. I believe this is a special community with special history and most importantly a special people. A people that is sometimes looked over, because of where they live or their financial situation. There are a lot of people in my community with special talents, that never get the chance to show the world that they can do something great! I’m asking that you read my story and give me that chance. I love my community and I would hate to see the the culture be ruined by people who only care about making a profit.
There is a much needed Metro Line that is currently under construction, that goes down the middle of Crenshaw Blvd on it’s way to LAX. This train will bring lots of business to the area and will displace many families who has called this community home for generations. I fear that once the Metro line is completed the people in the community that are left will not be able to take part in the economic boom that will come to the area.
Over the last few years I have watched my dreams become other people’s reality. I would pass by vacant lots and abandoned houses in my neighborhood thinking if only I had the money to fix up that place and put a deserving family in it, or build an apartment building on that lot.
South LA is known as a food desert, there are hardly any healthy places to eat, every restaurant is a fast food restaurant, the grocery stores sell horrible produce, and there are liquor stores on every other corner. That is why another goal of mine is to start small urban farms in the community so people can have access to good quality fruits and vegetables. I completed a greenhouse in my backyard to grow microgreens and sell them, but I was forced to move into the greenhouse due to overcrowding in my house and make it my temporary home until I can save up and find an apartment.
Also, a friend of mine started an AAU basketball team for the young boys ages 12-13 in the neighborhood, so I would like to donate some of the money to a local middle school called Horace Mann Middle school to resurface their school’s gymnasium floor, where they practice.
I currently attend to Santa Monica college where I study Cloud Computing. In my spare time I like to read about anything that deals with investing. My favorite topics are anything cryptocurrency related, real estate, and investing in commodities such as gold & silver. My goal is to raise enough money to start a company in my neighborhood, that will promote building and maintaining a healthy thriving community, in the Crenshaw District. Thank you for taking the time out to read my story.
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