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Students want community support in 'Frenchtown Getdown'


Some Tallahassee college students are organizing a weekend event in the city’s Frenchtown community. Ryan Benk reports the students hope to draw their peers into activism and counter stereotypes.

The project, “Frenchtown Getdown” is seeking to get college students in Tallahassee more involved in that community. The event will feature public forums on health, mental wellness, and finance and also provide live music, free food, and a community clean up. Event organizer, Alexandria Collins says the once thriving community is in great need of revitalization.

“Frenchtown was at one point, a beautiful, flourishing community and over time a lot of different things happened to where it used to be and to where it is today. I think it’s coming back and the people have an amazing energy in Frenchtown. So, it’s important that we all, you know, begin to say okay let’s not just look at it from the outside in. But, actually step in the community and begin to help.”

The getdown will take place from noon to seven on Saturday at Carter Howell Strong Park.