Ethnic/National Communities of Los Angeles


I want to create a map of Los Angeles that tells a story.  I am focusing on the ethnic communities of los angeles because I think/hope it will be:

  • visually appealing
  • informative
  • perhaps serve as a social commentary

For the social commentary aspect, it will probably be outside the purview of this project, but I am thinking of weaving in traffic as an explanatory force for the persistence and cohesiveness of ethnic/national communities.


First Map! 


  • Why am I making this map?: Love of Los Angeles, also for the joy of learning. I would be so happy if someone saw the map, and it sparked enough curiosity for a fellow angeleno (someone from Los Angeles) to explore a part of LA they had never been to.
  • Why am I the expert to create this map?: not sure that i am, but I have a pretty good knowledge of the city.
  • Who is my target audience?: Angelenos
  • Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? Not Sure... 
  • How is going to be used/held? Less for point of reference, more for point of conversation.
  • What other constraints do I need to keep in mind moving forward?: Artistic talent is definitely the constraint
  • What level of detail do I need to include? names (in native language i was thinking...)
  • Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to..... draw


Second Map, canals of Venice California



Third Map, Françafrique


Fourth Map, Ojo en Caracas! (Fun and safety in a dangerous city)


Fifth Map, testing of LA communities


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