After years of disinvestment and underrepresentation, the Southeast Colorado Springs community is advocating for the resources to transform itself into a thriving, healthy, and safe place to live. Southeast Colorado Springs is a family-focused, 12-square-mile community that is home to 16 percent of Colorado Springs’s population. Throughout some of the city, a negative perception of Southeast has been allowed to develop, because narratives of crime and poverty have become synonymous with the community. However, the residents have a different, more realistic story to tell—one that highlights the successes and the vibrancy of the people living and working in Southeast. The neighborhood is home to diverse cultures, incomes, religious affiliations, and perspectives, lending itself to becoming an area of the city known for great food, fun music, and interesting cultural events.