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This past week the Departures Highland Park student producers entered the second phase of the "My Neighborhood" project. This "collaborative" phase, asked the students to work together to build a Google Map that features place markers for the hot spots they had previously identified on their personal maps. We asked the students to look within to identify meaningful memories and link them to the map. Through this process they are creating an interactive representation of what makes their neighborhood unique, rich in stories, and most importantly, what makes it theirs.

The students not only marked their memories but also highlighted locations that are part of their everyday lives. The bus stop they go to every morning and afternoon, the super market where they buy their groceries, there favorite fast food joint, and more. The map offers a wide array of places that brings Highland Park and the surrounding neighborhoods to life for both its residents and for visitors interested in exploring this northeast corner of Los Angeles.

Above is the collaborative map the students have started to create.

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