There are worse places to live outside of Antioch, California. The city has its fair share of Section 8 housing (stereotypical visions of unkempt lawns and dilapidated homes). Holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s seldom go by without sounds of gunshots ringing along with illegal fireworks. However, there are pockets of neighborhoods that cling to the idea of wholesome values. Neighbors who lookout for each other, people pick up trash off the streets, whether outside their home or not. I would like to see a revitalization of local government. My mother built a park in the downtown area of Antioch. My father help set up the playground and my little sister's hand-print was painted on the jungle-gym. A few years ago, some bored teenagers decided that it would be fun to set the playground on fire. I think there should be a focus to encourage community involvement and youth activities. Shaping up youth upbringing is going to help build Antioch into a stronger, safer community.