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Mental Maps from Iowa City, IA 2011; Robert Edward Gutsche Jr.

Mental Maps from Iowa City, IA 2011; Robert Edward Gutsche Jr.

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MENTAL MAPS FROM IOWA CITY, IA, 2011
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Robert Edward Gutsche, Jr., 2012Maps by JournalistsFigure D.1. Annika’s Map.
Annika, 20, is a white college student journalist in Iowa City who hasworked at
The Daily Iowan
for two years. She says that she spends most of hertime in the city’s downtown and does not have a car to see other parts of the city.On her map, she locates one of the city’s three high schools, because she covereda story there once. Annika says that she has an idea about the North Side as being where students, professors, and the university president live. The center of Iowa City is the university’s Pentacrest and Iowa Avenue, where Annika once
 
lived. She said she drew the university building that houses the studentnewspaper because she spends most of her time there.
 
 
Figure D.2. Ashley’s Map.
Ashley, 20, is a white college student journalist who has worked at
TheDaily Iowan
for two years. Her map includes the university and larger publicspaces, such as parks. Ashley says that she often drives to Coralville, aneighboring city, and she includes it in the northwest corner. She says that shewrote “unknown” in the southeastern corner, in part because she knew I wasinterested in her perspectives of that side of the city. The university is drawninside a bubble, because the space is not very well defined, takes over a lot of space, and is an “entity” in that it imposes power over the community.

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