Departures is an online interactive
exploration of
Los Angeles neighborhoods.


Neighborhoods, Rivers and Streets

Los Angeles is sprawling city of many neighborhoods, each with its own unique set of people, places, and things that work together to create a distinct community. We decided to take a deep dive into these neighborhoods and tell their stories, from the mountains to the ocean, and through the rivers that connect the diverse neighborhoods into a barely unifying, constantly changing metropolis.

Support for provided by:

Youth Voices

Some pictures capture the essence of a location while others invite the viewer to experience the place in a deeper more emotional way that allows us to understand it's importance to the student photographer.


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