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That Pesky Geography

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at 03:33PM

CBS and NBC are both running the same article about ground being broken for a new high school in East LA.

Ground was broken Wednesday on the first new high school to be built in East Los Angeles in 85 years -- a project aimed at relieving overcrowding at nearby Roosevelt High School.

East Los Angeles High School No. 1, which will have an emphasis on science programs, will be home to about 1,000 students beginning in fall 2009.

The $71 million high school will be located at First Street and Mission Road, about two miles east of downtown.

I'm a bit baffled on how 1st and Mission can be considered two miles from Downtown, however. The intersection is exactly one mile from City Hall. Traveling two miles west of there just about puts you on the 110 freeway, often considered the opposite edge of Downtown.

Media outlets and geography are often a bad pairing. A little over a year ago we had to settle the question of Fashion District geography, after the NY Times put it west of the Financial District.

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