Leaving a Lasting Mark: Inside Scoop on 'The Future'

Vacant Lot on Cypress Ave. and Division St.

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We attended the Cypress Park Neighborhood Council meeting on February 18. We brought our idea on how to revitalize an empty lot in Cypress Park to the Council, and explained our vision and what type of research we have done.

We felt that it was a very professional environment. We took our time to present information to the board about our community cause. They seemed interested in our idea and provided us with more ideas and organizations to look into about building a community garden.

We shared with them that we had collected surveys, which helped us figure out what others in the neighborhood wanted in the vacant lot. And we also gained many ideas from the meeting with the Cypress Park community council.

We met Jose Rodriguez, who is the Assistant District Director for L.A. City Council Member Gil Cedillo ,and he gave us great feedback on the ways we can make our vision happen.

Overall we did really well. We made an impression on the Cypress Park Neighborhood Council and they gave us pointers on actually making our project happen. If we could change anything, it would be the amount of people we talked to.

Members of The Builderz present their project to the Cypress Park Neighborhood Council

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