I first came across the idea of using your hand as a mental map of Detroit from the Detroit Geographic Expedition & Institute (DGEI) Field Notes I. The group had collected anecdotal information from a Checker Cab driver in 1968 and started using the “hand map” of Detroit to help visiting students and researchers to get around. This past year I began asking residents to draw their own maps of Detroit using their hand as a guide. Among all the geographic information systems (GIS), parcel surveys, and other technological means that aren’t always accessible – your hand is a map right in front of you. Many of these maps have been collected anonymously while others have chosen to sign their maps. I did not create any of the maps shown here and am grateful to those who have participated.
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