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Charming Fresno neighborhoods and career aspirations

Local businesses like those in the Fig Garden Village Shopping Center help make neighborhoods charming, according to RentLingo.com’s new Charm Index.
Local businesses like those in the Fig Garden Village Shopping Center help make neighborhoods charming, according to RentLingo.com’s new Charm Index. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

It’s summer, kids are out of school and I’ll be on vacation for the next two weeks so let’s have some fun.

If you’re a renter looking for an appealing, delightful or cute Fresno neighborhood to live in then check RentLingo.com to use its new Charm Index. The online tool shows how charming neighborhoods and streets are in cities across the country on a zero to 100-point scale.

The website pulls data about local businesses and crime. Then, the company creates a heat map with ratings for a specific area. Click on the map and a chart that tells you how cheap or high-end the neighborhood stores are; whether the stores have a poor or high rating; whether the stores are locally owned or a chain; and if the area is sedentary or active with gyms, hiking trails and parks.

“We created this with the belief that local businesses are what define a neighborhood's charm,” the website said. “They offer the flavor of the area. We wanted to show this to everyone, so that when deciding where to live…you can find the neighborhood that would provide access to the inspiration of local culture and probably be the best place to live.”

It may be no surprise that the Fresno areas with charm include the Tower District and neighborhoods around Fig Garden Shopping Center. But if you look closely, downtown Fresno ranks highest for charm!

Take it all with a grain of salt, but have fun.

Lastly, I share with you all some personal news as all the graduates walk the stage this week. My son graduated from pre-K. As each student walked to get their rolled-up diploma, the teachers announced what they want to be when they grow up.

There were princesses, cheerleaders, firemen, fighter pilots, one boy wanted to be the President. No journalists. My son – drum roll please – wants to be a builder.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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