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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Charlotte Chang

Reader 2

Char Miller

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The Inland Empire in Southern California embodies unique spatial and social configurations as a consequence of how settler colonialism has manifested locally in the region since the Spanish Mission Period. This work uses GIS software to estimate patterns of land conversion for residential, agricultural, and warehouse land from 2012 to 2022. Preliminary analysis suggests that thousands of people have been displaced by warehouse expansion over the ten-year period. In the twenty-first century, the Southern California logistics industry continues processes of land dispossession and racialized labor exploitation through displacing agricultural and residential land, exposing disproportionately low-income Black and Latine communities living near warehouses to air pollution, and denying living wages to warehouse workers, who are also predominantly poor people of color.