Social Space

Henry Lefebvre’s theory on the production of space states that space is a mental activity (invention) and a social activity (realization) that has been passed by speech to writing to social practice. I analyze the spatial creation and use of land in the Salinas Valley, specifically, the City of Salinas. I focus on agriculture and urbanization, but since space is a double illusion- each side refers back to the other that reinforces the other, land incorporates labor, water, and pesticides. My attempt is to give a general overview of the city instead of focusing on one specific detail.
I grew up in the East Side of Salinas. As I was growing up, there were much more land devoted to agriculture practices that there is now. I will introduce one particular case that I noticed as I was growing up that summarize the change that the City of Salinas has partaken. Some agriculture land has been lost to urban development. Human management activities have a profound effect on a local environment, which can have important environmental, social, and economic impacts on a community.
[] in his CSUMB capstone, he analyzes urban growth patterns from 1985 to 1999 in the City of Salinas using remote sensing techniques, in an attempt to inform the community about the possible effects urbanization has on their local environment.

At the time of his research, there were many proposals being set forth to develop urban boundaries around the cities in Monterey County. Urban boundaries are set boundaries that surround a city that force cities to make better planning decisions in how best utilize the land. When environmental and economic impacts water quality, agriculture land loss, and destruction of natural habitats, it can all be attributed to urban sprawl.
Existing planning practices in Salinas encourage the conservation of agriculture land to urban uses, but if urban sprawl continues in Salinas a majority of the surrounding land used for agriculture will be lost. Agriculture is a major source of economic income in Salinas. At the time of [ ] research, over 1 billion dollars was raised annually in Monterey County in agriculture (Monterey Agricultural Commission). When Land is urbanized the precious topsoil used for agriculture are lost.

However, this transition from rural to urban is not the only issue. Water drought and labor shortage could change the City of Salinas in the years to come. I will attempt to show how land, agriculture, labor, water and urbanization are all connected and show incredible change in the City of Salinas

Changes in Space and time
Urban growth up till 1985= 9493 acres
Urban growth from 1985 to 1995= 605 acres
Urban growth from 1995 to 1999 = 897 acres

© aerial map of the City of Salinas AHLV2043

Fertile Land in Salinas Valley Residential


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