Students present research projects to improve east Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- An economics class inspired students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in the real world.

Four students gave a presentation at city hall in Gainesville about the economic disparities in the city.

The students are a part of the Cambridge program at Gainesville High School. Their research project was about the income gap between east and west Gainesville.

The students offered strategies to Mayor Lauren Poe on how to improve the lives of residents in east Gainesville.

Their list includes a medical center and a shopping plaza. They provided a map to where the buildings should be located.

“We wanted to think of a policy that would interconnect and really be feasible on the east side of town,” said Alissa Humphrey, a Gainesville High School senior. “The shopping plaza and medical center, the combination of the two will really open up job opportunities and promotes more equality in eastside jobs compared to westside jobs. I think it will bring more wealth to the eastside."

Their presentation slides also provided statistics of diabetes and obesity affecting those living in poverty. the students want the city to provide more nutritional education programs in the area.