Exploration: Jaden Tell Field Trip Observations

The Valley Knudson Garden Residence

Students from the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) and the Living Museum Sycamore Grove are collaborating with Departures Youth Voices to document their exploration of the area and develop interactive tools that will become part of the Living Museum's community resources. Follow the students as they work with community residents and learn about the history of the neighborhood, urban planning, and placemaking.

Below are the student's observations from their field trip to the Sycamore Grove District in Highland Park. To read more about the trip click here.


On my field trip I went to Heritage Square in Sycamore Grove. Heritage Square is a museum,and Sycamore Grove is a neighborhood in Los Angeles. In Heritage Square people like to look at all the old Victorian houses that got moved there because the city wanted to build something new.

When we went into the houses I felt like I went through a portal to the late 1800's. It was really amazing and fun to see all these old houses. On the way there I saw lots of murals, lots of stucco houses, lots of graffiti, lots of pretty houses, lots of trees, and so much beautiful scenery.

Questions to investigate:

  • Is Heritage Square open to the public?
  • Why would people want to tare down history?
  • Why is this neighborhood treated so badly?
  • Why is there so much graffiti?

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