Latin American Studies ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 12-16-2023


How has the Salvadoran Market contributed to a sense of cultural rootedness in Central Los Angeles? This thesis project examines the ways in which an informalized street vendor market has employed Latino Urbanism and Placemaking practices to foster a sense of cultural rootedness and belonging for the local Salvadoran community. Through community- based approaches and analysis, this thesis addresses the sociocultural importance of street vendors for immigrant communities and analyzes the ways in which this Salvadoran market facilitates placemaking practices that (re)unite Salvadorans with their cultural roots. This research contributes to subfields of Latino Urbanism and Informality, within Urban Studies, and includes an analysis of equitable practices for city officials working with historically marginalized and informalized communities.




Latino Urbanism, Placemaking, Street Vendors, El Salvador, Los Angeles

Document Type


Degree Name

Latin American Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

Latin American Studies

Second Department

School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Jennifer Tucker

Second Committee Member

Luis Herran Avila

Third Committee Member

Francisco Uvina