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Guerrilla Cartographer Maps Hidden Worlds of Cupcakes, Sex, and Doggy Day Care

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The “food swamps” of Los Angeles, and other guerilla maps, can be found in Jensen’s Food Atlas

Story in Wired:

“In his day job as staff cartographer at UC Berkeley, Darin Jensen makes maps for other people. When professors need a map for teaching a class or submitting a research paper to a journal, he’s their man. But his real passion is fostering what he calls guerrilla cartography.

If traditional cartography is slow, methodical, and ethically bound to be free of bias, guerrilla cartography is a rapid and loosely coordinated effort to draw attention to social issues. It’s ‘the act of making a map in the interest of the change that it can inspire or induce,’ Jensen said.”

This is exactly the kind of creative scholarship we love to support through the California Studies Association. [LMC]

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