Cultural Space Photo Essay - My Hometown, Temecula

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Cultural Space Photo Essay My hometown, Temecula, covers 37.18 square miles and is located along the I-15/I215 freeway passage in Southwest California, just north of the San Diego County line. Temecula is 85 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 60 miles north of San Diego, 61 miles southeast of Orange County. From 2000-2010 the population there was an 84.11% increase and in recent years 2010-2015 the population increased by 10.10%. The largest population group falls between the ages of 45-54 years. Temecula’s name come from the Luiseno Indian word “Temecunga”. “Temet” meaning “sun” and “-ngna” which means “place of”. It was interpreted and spelled by the Spanish as “Temecula” translated to mean “Where the sun breaks through the mist.” Temecula is the only city in California to still keep its original Indian name. My mother, older sister, foster sister and I settled in Temecula on December 17, 1997, when I was five years old. My mom was a single parent but wanted to give my sisters and I a better life from where we lived in Oceanside where there various gangs and negative influences. Temecula was a growing community and my mom felt it would be a perfect place to raise us. When we moved into our home there was only a two lane highway leading to the 15 freeway, a fruit stand along with a Lucky’s, Stater Brothers grocery stores, Rite-Aid, two fast food restaurants. We had to drive about three cities north to shop at Walmart and now we have a Super Center Walmart across the

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