According to the Fresno County website there are approximately 286,861 people living in Fresno, who are between the ages of 18 and 21. Having recently left this demographic, I’m twenty-two as of last January; I am well acquainted with many of its criticisms of Fresno.
It was these criticisms that came together as a list of “Things I hate about Fresno” in my very first Entrepreneurship class (Entrepreneurship 81) at Fresno State, and the foundations for Time Control-the first free app on the Comunikin Social Network.
1. “There’s nothing to do but drink if we’re lucky, but usually there’s just nothing.”
The culture of drinking seems to emerge in high school (see reason 3) and reinforced each year until the age of twenty-one. Fresno’s art and music scene is definitely the jewel of its culture, but an increasing amount of Venues have turned ’21 and up ‘making it hard for younger fans to get access. As far as how and why minors are getting alcohol is simple.
40$ may buy you an awesome time at a bar, but it can also buy a small scale party in the comfort of your home. Plus you don’t have to risk the frequent check points that have made Fresno the Drunkest city in America–according to men’s health.
2. “You’re handicapped without a car, you’re stuck in a district”
Between gas prices and the size of Fresno, without a car you are more or less stuck on your side of town. The fact that most people under the age of 21 aren’t likely to have a job that pays more than 8-9$ an hour makes gas prices a very real concern; which in turn can make frequent trips across town unreasonable financially. This problem could be solved with a better public transit system, yet somehow it hasn’t. Instead, people end up in the same side of town night after night.
Businesses suffer as well, since this makes increasing foot traffic and visitor count to different sides of town a chore.
3. “It’s a good place to raise a family and retire.”
Go to any high school and ask the graduating class: “How many of you want to leave Fresno?” If you like this town, don’t get your hopes up. Probably the biggest victims of the previous two maladies are High School students.
If you take a bunch of kids and tell them what to do from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon, and then you set them free in a town where it’s a constant struggle to find things to do and have fun—what are the odds that they would want to stay and improve conditions? The negativity that gets directed towards Fresno is easy to understand, and it’s no wonder so many look for an escape from the middle child of California.
Overcome through Quick and Clever planning.
YOU: Select what times you are free.
Time Control: Tells you which friends are available, and what events are taking place when you’re free and arranges them by the distance set by you. (Making it easy to plan for sharing rides as well as finding diverse activities and events)
YOU: Pick an event, invite friends.
Time Control: Maps out the destination and summarizes the information.
1.Time Control’s Social Calendar automatically gives every user access to every public event, so no more spam and no more irrelevant event requests.
2.Time Control was designed for people to spend AS LITTLE TIME as possible in planning and more time enjoying the fruits.
So this June, help us raise 10,000$ with a single pledge and bring Comunikin to your finger tips.