University of Redlands

Community invited to map neighborhoods

Sociology and Anthropology Professor Wes Bernardini and students will present “Mapping Redlands Neighborhoods”, from 2 to 4 p.m. April 4 in the Hunsaker Lounge on campus at the University of Redlands.  

The event will feature maps of community boundaries produced by Redlands students.  Students have analyzed census and demographic data, interviewed Redlands residents about their neighborhoods, and conducted driving surveys of the city.  Some preliminary findings include:

  • Redlands residents think of their neighborhoods at very different scales, from as small as a few blocks up to several miles in diameter.  The size of these neighborhoods seems to vary by geography (north vs. south Redlands), income, and age, among other variables.
  • The class's work shows that roads with speed limits above 40 MPH are real barriers to interaction, forming boundaries between people’s self-defined neighborhoods. 

Attendees will be able to view printed maps as well as interactive digital maps.  Students from the class will be on hand to discuss and interpret the maps.  Attendees will also be able to map their neighborhoods to contribute to the data set.