03b: Nathan Anderson
Nathan is the founder of Simply Fabulous Flowers, a floral design and event planning company in Philadelphia.
Growing up in Germantown was lovely. However as Nathan got a little older, he watched crack-cocaine and other drugs destroy his close knit community.
“Snowfall” a TV show about the crack-cocaine epidemic in LA reminds Nathan of Germantown.
He feels that universities should reinvest in the whole community, not just their campus.
Nathan doesn’t like to focus on the negativity, he tries to keep moving forward.
Feels that the economic revitalization is inequitable.
Children need a nice place to learn and play and that is lacking in many of Philadelphia’s less affluent neighborhoods.
Lack of access to financial education has further disenfranchised less affluent Philadelphians.
Nathan sees the bodegas and corner stores that sell malt liquor as a major problem. There was a petition to keep one off of his corner when he was young, but it failed. This was around the time his neighborhood began declining.
He’s decorated his yard with flowers front to back, to make the neighborhood a little bit nicer.
Nathan will never forget will he came from. He could live somewhere else, but chooses not to.
His dream is to have enough money to landscape everyone in his neighborhood’s yard as a courtesy. He also wants to get local children involved so they can affect change.
The next step for Nathan and Simply Fabulous Flowers is LA. He wants to do flowers on TV.