“Mapping San Diego” Helps Develop Understanding Of Our Community

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San Diego is a city full of rich history, diverse landmarks, and beautiful scenery. In order to help better understand the community of San Diego, the Alcoke & Walden 12th grade team at High Tech High School has been working hard on there project entitled, “Mapping San Diego Through Story.” Inspired by the non-fiction novel, “Blue Highways” by William Least Heat-Moon, the team wanted to explore the ideas of traveling, mapping, perspective, and storytelling in the San Diego community.

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The team searched for local San Diegans who had an interesting story to share revolving around their community. After conducting dozens of inteviews, the group was able to “map” San Diego through the power of storytelling. Completed with a map and icon for each neighborhood, the body of work was transformed into a large exhibit. Locations include Balboa Park, Downtown, Hillcrest, North Park, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, and many more neighborhoods. La Jolla was also included in the exhibit and featured the famous Harry’s Coffee Shop. High Tech High had an exclusive interview with Harry’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Gotfredson. She reveals that after graduating college, she pursued a career in the real estate market. But due to her grandfather’s declining health, she returned back home to take over the family business with her brothers. The exhibit helps highlight how local businesses build the foundation for a loving community and how important it is to remember strong family values.

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The next upcoming public exhibit will be held on Thursday, December 19 at High Tech High School from 6:00PM – 7:30PM. High Tech High is located at 2861 Womble Rd, San Diego, CA 92106. Have any interesting stories you would like to share with the exhibit? Visit Mapping San Diego to contribute your story about San Diego. Hope to see you at the exhibit!

Photos shared from www.sdstorymap.us.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)
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