We are currently preparing for our visit to Salinas on Sunday the 14th. We plan to leave campus at 10 am and arrive at Salina’s around Noon. Prior to our visit we need to have 2-3 driving research questions that focus on the manageable scope for the project. In Week 3, we had a Zoom meeting with our partners where we took a digital tour through the census documents and large varied data sets. Our next task is to delegate the midterm in the following pattern: 1. Hannah- methodology, 2. Arriana - background 3. Jasmin- tasks and timeline and 4. Anpo- will focus on the big picture.
What We Observed and Learned
As a team we learned that it is easy to get lost in the data sets. So this is where we hope our driving questions will help us stay directed. The range of years represented in our given data sets is very interesting. We wonder happened in the 50’s? We learned about the different map resources that are unique to Salina’s via agriculture and transportation. We could look into gathering fiscal information about Salinas (may be protected info closer to the present), Hartnell students could possibly help us gather that sort of data. We noticed the chapter on the interactions and connections between different cultural groups and communities throughout Salinas. With that, Salinas has potential to grow and expand, what’s that going to look like in the future? We noticed that the health care promotion services started in the 1920s, did that cause growth in the medical industry in the city? Where were major health centers, and what populations lived in the areas around them? What geographical level does crime data exist at? What is accessible? The Salinas GIS department has a map gallery that could be an interesting place to pull info from. Additionally, finding an Alisal area map could give us a valuable shapefile to layer onto older maps and see what falls within those boundaries. Future growth areas and focus growth area maps could be an interesting resource. Lastly, it’d be interesting to compare school district boundaries with property tax rates to start seeing the correlation between wealth and settlement. It would be neat to look into the demographics of those areas, are there racial divides within the school districts? We also noticed the school District map of Salinas has weird divisions that we want to further look into.
Critical Analysis/Moving Forward
We would like clarification on our relationship with Hartnell students, what are our roles, how are we expected to interact throughout the course of the quarter? For example, are we developing research questions together? Will the presentation to city hall be done jointly? We would also like to clarify if we are expected to focus on the entire timeframe or if we can narrow in to a specific time period. What is the role of the Monterey County Health Department. The research questions we developed are: Mathematically figuring out how segregated Salinas was in each decade using census data, map clusters of wealth and racial groups -- Other studies we could reference that have done this.
Other ideas include: if we could create a sort of “segregation index” where we could do multiple regression and correlation studies to measure the effects of that on other city factors such as GDP etc. We would want to look for information on transportation infrastructure growth throughout the years. For instance, where was infrastructure built and who did it serve? How did that impact the demographics in those areas? Does Salinas have a center that gives info on agricultural history and movements? As a group we are looking forward to getting a clearer picture of present-day Salinas. What is the economic status, what are their main commercial industries etc? We would like to check out the political districts and how they’ve voted, does that have any impact on the other research questions we’ve posed?