Naples, Long Beach, California

Naples, a neighborhood located within the city of Long Beach, was constructed for the purpose of selling houses near the beach, and investors were convinced by the developers, when they told their vision of an Italian style resort village, with canals and gondola rides, which actually exist today. Before construction began on the marsh that Naples used to be, people would buy lots for 100 or 1,000 dollars, that would now sell for 500,000 to 8 million dollars. In the center of the island in the middle of Naples is La Bella Fontana Park. Meaning “The Beautiful Fountain Park” the name of this area refers to the three-tiered fountain that sits right in the middle of the park. For many of those who live on Naples, the park acts as a great meeting place, as it is a similar distance from all other locations in Naples. With Long Beach being one of America’s most walkable cities, Naples serves as an extension of this, with the center island being incredibly pleasant to get around by walking. Because of SoCal’s beautiful weather year-round, it is important for people to be able to get around Naples by walking, so that they can enjoy it to the fullest. With people being able to walk around the city more comfortably, it means that more people will be out of their houses at any given day of the year, helping the social life of Naples thrive year-round In addition, by making the central island such a focal point of the city socially, it helps to bring everyone together into a smaller area, instead of having people spread out across the entire neighborhood.

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