Compton Youth Build Tomorrow’s Cities
Compton City Councilman, Dr. Willie O. Jones with his constituents and children from his district
The City of Compton hosted a Model Cities Competition for students ages 6 – 12 at the 1st Annual Children’s Fall Festival, hosted by Councilman Dr. Willie Jones, on October 24, 2009, at Kelly Park. Using Lego Blocks, students were instructed to build cities that embraced good planning skills. Lego designs were to include a central business district, residential neighborhoods, green and open space, and manufacturing and industrial centers. Students were encouraged to work together, talk through design issues, and think outside the box when developing their designs of cities. Three teams were formed-The Creators, The Lego Makers, and The Junior Planner, all vying for the 1st Place trophy and medallions.
Compton Planning and Economic Development Director, Derek R. Hull, was inspired to host the event after attending a California Planning Conference and seeing firsthand how elaborate Lego exhibits can be laid out to show the relationship of complimentary planning uses and activities. “Lego exhibits have been developed to replicate Las Vegas, New Orleans, Santa Monica Pier, and Washington, D.C. These exhibits display intricate details from streetlights to marked parking stalls. I was confident that our youth could do the same and they did!”
With some basic guidance and lots of energy, Compton youth were able to create their own unique designs, each showing good planning skills by appropriately placing buildings in designated areas. Compton Planning Commissioners, Cleo Turner and Kim Saunders, were on hand to serve as judges and select the best design. The judges made their selections based on five categories: Teamwork, Overall Design, Comprehensiveness, Inclusion of Green and Open Space, and Oral Presentation. So who took home the coveted 1st Place trophy? It was not an easy decision for the Commissioners and in fact, a tie resulted between The Creators and The Lego Makers. After consultation with Councilman Jones, The Creators took home the 1st Place prize.
“I am just amazed and overwhelmed by the talent demonstrated by our Compton youth. They were all engaged in the process, competitive but demonstrating sportsman like conduct, and generally excited to work together”, stated Councilman Jones. “This is what we had hope to accomplish with the Festival and we succeeded!” The City of Compton thanks all the participants, parents and volunteers for participating in the event.