Ask the Dust Timemap

Group members: Delaney Raupp, Alexandra Nguyen, Everett Barton, Ryan Mardon Our group focused on places where Arturo Bandini felt his best and worst in Los Angeles. The viewer learns how Bandini comes to LA hoping to be a success and charmed by the city. That’s what boosterism of the past sold: bright lights and dreams. … [Read more…]

TimeMap for “Ask the Dust”

Group Members: Thilde Fredricksen, Brooke Sasse, and Ariah Taylor After reading John Fante’s novel Ask the Dust, we explored how the main character Arturo Bandini navigated the city of Los Angeles. We were able to accomplish this task by creating the time map linked below. With our time map, we revealed how Los Angeles has … [Read more…]

Ask the Dust: Mapping Bandini

Group Members: Arielle Lightbourn, Cody Alvino, and Lizbeth Martinez Our group’s map focused on events in John Fante’s Ask the Dust that highlighted the immigrant experience in Los Angeles in the 1930s. The immigrant struggle to fit into society and climb the ladder of success and opportunity promised by LA boosterism directly parallels Bandini’s story … [Read more…]

“Ask the Dust” Mapping Assignment

Group Members: Alara Blofield, Nyssa Yota, Jonah Deocariza, Sirey Teng “Ask the Dust” is a well-known novel by the author John Fante, taking place in Los Angeles during the early 20th-century, around the time of the Great Depression. In lieu of reading this novel as part of the UHP 401 class requirement, we were tasked … [Read more…]

“Ask The Dust” Reflection + Time Mapper

Group Members: Zoey Ferman, Ivan Herrera, Rachel Haering, Erick Ruiz The “Ask the Dust” mapping assignment was an interesting project that allowed our group to explore the physical layout of Los Angeles. From our map, one can learn significant streets and locations found in Los Angeles. This allowed one to get a better picture as … [Read more…]

Union Station

Union Station is yet another iconic part of the LA area. Thousands travel to, from, and through this station. It was built in 1939 and remains “the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States”. In history websites, they explain the architecture as “mission style”. I think this is so interesting because not only … [Read more…]

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier is a staple for tourists who come to the sunny, beach side California. The pier first opened in 1909 and the amusement part of the pier later opened in 1969. The pier sees about ‘8 million’ people per year. The pier serves as a family area for many to come and enjoy … [Read more…]

405: Just A Freeway?

I live on the boarder of Orange County and Los Angeles County. Oddly enough, I use the freeway to travel between home and school. Each time I use the freeway there is a continuous flow of not only cars but construction. I ask myself, why is this construction taking this long to complete. So I … [Read more…]