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Has Fresno Developed an Inferiority-complex?


http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/02/2412141/fresnos-worst-enemies-can-be-its.html

Does Fresno have an inferiority-complex?

I read a very passionate and rightfully dissatisfied article from article by Mike Osegueda today. The subject of the article: “Fresno’s inferiority-complex”, or how some residents to continuously tear down their own home town.

It’s almost impossible to grow up here without explicitly participating or being subjected to it at some point or another. Here are a few things people complain about and ways it can be easily avoided. (Proof that these excuses are extremely lame.)

There is nothing to do.(Wrong) This excuse best illustrates the stigma some people have of other areas of Fresno. The most commonly effected is the downtown district of Fresno. Despite great businesses such as Iron Bird Cafe, The Treasury, and the Fulton55 the down town is still seen as lacking.

Why not spend the effort that goes into treating different areas of Fresno like High School cliques and stereotypes, into exploring events at different areas of town?

It’s hard to hear about things.(Wrong again.) This is only possible if you don’t have a Facebook, Twitter, or friends or family members in town. So basically only if you’re new here. Otherwise, the trend I notice is that some people will blame Fresno for their personal lacking of a well informed network.

If you’re not associating with active people, you’re not associating with informed people.  Associate with  people who are willing to try to things on their own or as group.

There is no Culture. (You baffle me.) If you believe this you have clearly never heard of things like Arthop, bands like Tokyo Death March and Fierce Creatures, or ever seen Stephanie Allison’s art on display.

I have saved the best for last.

When I hear people say that Fresno doesn’t have a culture, it’s infuriating as a resident as well as an art and music fan. I hear talk of leaving for Los Angeles or San Francisco because there is culture there. As if it’s paint at Home Depot, and since they don’t have maroon they have to go to Lowe’s.

Culture is created through participation and some residents of Fresno have forgotten that.

Maybe, that’s the reason for their self-loathing.

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Fresno VS. Comunikin:3 problems and 1 Solution


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.

Time Control

Overcome through Quick and Clever planning.

Step 1:

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)

Step 2:

YOU: Pick an event, invite friends.

Time Control: Maps out the destination and summarizes the information.

Done.

Facts:

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.

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