Brooklyn, NY, NY, US
Clinton Hill is a treelined Brooklyn neighborhood where artists, writers, makers, students and creatives have lived throughout history, and continue to make their marks today. Spaces for creating, thinking, and collaborating dot the map, creating an atmosphere that's ever-evolving against a backdrop of historic brick row houses and brownstones.
My map depicts the many cafes and community spaces that celebrate the arts, and even a few places that do both (like the women-run Relationships cafe and Playground Coffee Shop). There's imaginative spaces where you can sip coffee surrounded by modern art, places that imagine a more intentionally-designed food system, shops with vintage clothing and furniture, destinations for modern art and music, and even a few historic (maybe unofficial) arts landmarks. It's a special place that has fueled my creativity for years, and I hope you'll find some inspiration here, too.
Birmingham, AL, US
This place is special to me because I have watched it transform yet still maintain strong ties to its history during my 13 years living here. An historic neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale joins the old and the new, with a focus on community. Avondale has grown from a small settlement clustered around a spring to a thriving entertainment district, spurred by the natural beauty and heritage of Avondale Park. Local businesses pay tribute to Miss Fancy, the elephant that lived in the park during its brief stint as a zoo. They also celebrate the former occupants of their buildings (post office, firehouse, saloon), while poised to craft memorable stories of their own. The area fosters a community spirit, from casual eateries, watering holes, shops and live music venues, to church cookouts and outreach programs. Even the ducks contribute to that sense of community, as they swim and hang out together in the park. I love my neighborhood!
San Francisco, CA, US
Can you guess which house I once lived in? This is every house on the west side of Neil Avenue between 1st and 2nd Avenue. The whole leafy neighborhood is full of 100+ year old brick Victorians.
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RECENTLY ADDED TRAVEL ILLUSTRATIONS
Peachtree City was planned to be a community where golf carts would be a norm for transportation, from grocery shopping, to going to school, grabbing a bite to eat, and now driving to your local brewery. It is a unique community, usually referred to as "The Bubble" because it is just that - a unique bubble of a town. Illustrated spots include The Fred Amphitheater, Line Creek Brewing Co., Mule Rock, a sculpture at Line Creek Nature Trail, the many golf courses of PTC, a golf cart bridge, The Avenue shopping center, and Starr's Mill.
The Milicz Ponds (in Polish Stawy Milickie) are a group of about 285 fish ponds in Lower Silesia, near the city of Wroclaw. The wetlands are home of a huge variety of water birds such as black storks, eagles and crested grebe among others.
Radnor Lake State Park is a magical little place I treasure deeply. This map highlights some of the lovely plant life and critters that call it home. The piece was created with watercolor and arranged digitally.