Walk and Talk with Ahmed Faid

  1. When did you start working/living/socialising in the area? 

I have been living on Copenhagen Street, King’s Cross, from the age of five, and I have recently gained employment in the area. Being able to both live and work in the area is amazing!

  1. How has the area changed since then?

The area has changed massively! The Urban Partners area was a pretty much no-go area back in the early 2000s. Now for young adults there are hundreds of things to do, and there is so much inspiration/motivation within the UP area, it’s great.

  1. What’s your favourite place in the area and why?

My favourite place is Granary Square especially walking and jogging through the area at night, I gain inspiration and motivation through being there. And of course, Copenhagen Street, there’s no place like home!

  1. What do you love about our neighbourhood?

That there are more opportunities within the area now, previously there was little or no opportunities. Now with big businesses in the area, the opportunities are endless, so anything can happen if you work hard!

  1. What’s your favourite community activity in the area?

Attending CYP! Copenhagen Youth Project has been and will always be the life and soul of the area, from the early 2000s when there was nothing here, until now! Since being young they have had a massive impact on not only myself, but also my peers. Single handedly, CYP has changed and shaped my life.

  1. What is your favourite story about the area?

Seeing so many of my peers making something of their lives with so little. I have seen a lot of people who used to live a negative life and now they’ve turned it around for the better, it’s amazing to see. When growing up, we had nobody to look up to, now the younger generation are able to look up to so many of us!

  1. What’s the best community initiative you have seen in the local area?

Cally Festival! It’s such an amazing day where the whole area comes together to celebrate greatness! As a community, it is a day that we ALL look forward to.

  1. What challenges will the area face in the future?

I feel the lack of activities, especially for the youngest generation. For example, when I was growing up there were numerous football pitches and places to play with friends, now there isn’t that many places for youth, the only place I know they have is CYP.

  1. Where do you see our neighbourhood in the next ten years and what kind of image will it have?

I see the neighbourhood coming together as one. I feel in ten years UP will have fully settled in the area and hopefully would have facilitated many ways to improve the area and bring the local areas of Camden and lslington closer together. I also see my age demographic taking a leading role within the area!

  1. What famous quote would you used to describe our neighbourhood and why?

Dream big dreams, small dreams have no magic – Ahmed Faid 😀

It’s really important to dream big! Especially when the odds are against you, that’s all we did when we were kids, we would dream! And somehow, we lose those dreams when growing up… but I say keep dreaming, and most importantly, DREAM BIG! It’s so powerful.