The Watts Community Studio team recently finished the preliminary analysis of the 695 residential and 50 small business surveys that were completed this summer in Watts. Keeping in mind that this project aims to inform economic development and planning policy for Watts, we are very excited to present these findings to community stakeholders.
Today we debuted our findings and recommendations at a meeting of local stakeholders, held in the Council District 15 Watts field office. This upcoming Friday, November 1st, we are presenting our findings again to a meeting of community-based and faith-based organizations at the same location from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. The general public is able to attend, however, you must RSVP. Seating for the general public is first come, first serve. Refreshments and food will be provided.
Here’s a preview of some of the exciting things we learned this summer:
- 36% of small business owners in Watts have been in Watts for over 10 years!
- Residents ranked the top 3 neighborhood priorities as Employment, Physical Activities and Neighborhood Cleanliness
- Many residents believe that Watts is improving.
Can you guess what the labor force participation rate is for Watts? Come this Friday and find out!
Friday, 11.1.13 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm
10221 Compton Ave., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90002
RSVP Required at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Watts Community Studio (WCS) is nearing the final days of residential surveys. The dedicated survey administrators are still out conducting residential and small business surveys in the neighborhood. If you are a resident of Watts and have not filled out a survey yet please email us so we can let you know the survey locations for this week. If you want to find us, look for these guys below!
High school students at Inspire Academy created a map of some community assets within walking distance of the school in Watts. Community asset mapping is a great tool for educators, neighborhood groups and community organizations to inventory the places they live in. Even if we know what’s in our neighborhoods, seeing it on a map can help us understand where there might be more opportunities for small businesses, youth organizations, green space and more. Check out the work these teens did in just a few hours. None of them had previously ever mapped anything before. They also took the photos.
And look at who they got to meet! The Watts Community Studio (WCS) Survey team posed with U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters at the Watts LAPD Night Out event. The WCS survey team are local youth funded through the City of Los Angeles 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program. Many are from Watts and go to school in the area. They show great courage and commitment to their neighborhood by conducting small business and resident surveys every day of the work week in Watts. Throughout the next few weeks, we will bring you their thoughts and reflections on working to improve the quality of life in Watts.
The Watts Profile Infographic breaks down some data that makes Watts unique compared to LA County. Anything surprising or of special interest to you?
“My first day surveying for the Watts Community Studio was not easy. I thought people were going to be more open to us and answer the survey, but a lot of the people I approached were hesitant. In my opinion, they actually looked scared, which I think should change. If we all come together, our voices will be heard. I’m very happy that I get to be a part of history. Needless to say, we all are building a better future for upcoming generations.”
Sofia Rivas is a 20-year old Watts resident. She is a singer-songwriter who attends El Camino College and aspires to become a social worker. She works for the Watts Community Studio as a survey administrator. If you want more information about the survey or would like to participate in the process, please contact us.
“I look at Watts as art. It’s art because of the Watts Towers, because of the graffiti artists that make beautiful drawings. The Watts Towers Art Center hosts lectures, jazz festivals and art classes. People make music videos in this neighborhood and get tattoos of the Towers. Look around and you see art everywhere.”
Rynisha Alexander is 20. She is a resident of Watts, participant in the Watts Community Studio and student at Inspire Academy in Watts. She aspires to become a medical assistant.