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What a billion square feet of warehouses looks like

The Inland Kingdom of California, an area east of Los Angeles that was once famous for its orange trees and vineyards, is now zero in on the growth of U.S. stocks. The rise in online shopping has sparked a dramatic change in the landscape here and across the country – every $ 1 billion in online sales raises demand 1.25 million square feet a warehouse.

Currently, there are approximately 1 billion square feet of warehouses in the Inner Kingdom alone, according to a new analysis by Robert Redford Conservancy at Sustainability Southern California at Pitzer College. That is about 37 square miles of warehouse.

Solid concrete boxes are new to the region, according to an active map presented by Pitzer. When you look at the map, created using district-level data, you will see that warehouses went up between 1975 and 2021, although the development really started in the 1990s when e-commerce began.

Map growth map of San Bernardino and Riverside counties from 1975–2021.

Map growth maps for the states of San Bernardino and Riverside from 1975-2021 based on district data. All numbers should be considered approximate.
GIFGraham Brady / Robert Redford Conservancy at Sustainability Southern California at Pitzer College (courtesy of Lani Fox)

E-commerce companies including Amazon continue to expand their reach in the area. “For the past 20 years, I have watched open land and farmland in the United Kingdom become a closed ocean of warehouses,” Susan Phillips, director of the Robert Redford Conservancy at the Southern California Conservation Pitzer, wrote: May 1-her op-ed inside Los Angeles Times.

“The Kingdom of England is in a shambles,” she wrote.

The state is a canary of charcoal of the rising species of the United States. It has become one of the largest warehouses in the country thanks to cheap land near free roads, trains, and the busiest port in the western hemisphere (Port of Los Angeles).

What you may not know on the map is what life will be like when your neighbor is a neighbor who sends and supplies goods and other goods every day. For that matter, check it out QarkaLife story essay in Bloomington, California. In Bloomington, some residents are fighting to stop warehouse producers from harassing pastoralists, parks, and the unique rural culture shaped by immigrants moving outside the area.

But the warehouses don’t stop there. The warehouses are now those the most common type of business building inside the United States, outside offices. So how societies in the Inner Kingdom deal with the influx of warehouses can teach lessons for others. Local activists, for example, have managers pushed to combat contaminated warehouses that attract diesel cars. The Kingdom of England is the most smoky state in the United States, and some people are fighting for warehouses to get electricity for trucks.

“The war seems to have been fought a hundred times,” Phillips wrote in her op-ed. In order to really see the magnitude of the social and environmental costs that can come from even more warehouses, these local wars need to be stitched together, as Bitzer researchers do with their mapsto tell a bigger story.