Empty Lots and Lonely Fields

Nov. 2, 2012 / By

When I ride around Merced on public transportation I get to see many things around my community. Since the bus goes throughout Merced I’ve noticed the different areas of my city. Some look nice while others look run down. Something that stood out to me the most was the abundance of empty lots, desolate fields and abandoned buildings. Most of these abandonment’s are located in the southwest part of Merced, the so-called “ghetto” part of our city. It bothers me how this represents our community. Passing by abandoned buildings, yellow fields and empty lots, I feel like my neighborhood looks trashy and unsafe, especially the parts that are already stereotyped as ghetto. It adds to the negative stereotype of that part of Merced.

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WeCed Youth Media

Merced and its surrounding areas have always had a vibrant population of young people. Unfortunately, too often there is a disconnect between generations that can lead to misunderstandings and a lack of communication. WeCed's aim through its program and publication is to highlight and empower youth to tell their stories and that of their communities, while providing them with the guidance and skill-building necessary to foster the development of their strongest possible voice.