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Mapping L.A.: Comment by Friday the 13th [UPDATED]

March 9, 2009 | 12:23 pm


A little more than two weeks ago, The Times asked for help mapping neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles. The response has been tremendous.

So far more than 1,400 posts have been made to our Mapping L.A. database. More than 40% of those commenting have used our mapping tool to draw their own versions of neighborhoods or make corrections to ours.

Readers have commented on 86 of the 87 neighborhoods we proposed, the one exception being Griffith Park, which has thousands of visitors daily but few homes.

Many of the comments offered specific advice, or criticism. Some gave vivid remembrances of places where the reader grew up or once lived. Others disputed the name we had given an area as too narrow or, in some cases, too unknown.

Readers also debated each other over the merits and make-up of many neighborhoods, with issues of class and race raised. If you haven't had the chance, check out what people have said about where they live.

UPDATE: The purpose of the finished map is twofold: We plan to use it as The Times standard for defining where events take place within the city. It will also become the basis, along with maps of the the rest of the county and region, for interactive projects in the works.

Now we begin the process of evaluating the comments directly related to the boundaries on our maps. We must weigh each adjustment against the other areas it would affect, essentially putting together a puzzle in the shape of the city.

If you have yet to comment, or have something to add to what you have already told us, please do so by Friday, March 13.

-- Megan Garvey