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Farmers markets are a current national phenomenon in the urban United States. Their numbers have risen dramatically from 1,755 in 1994 to 5, 274 in 2009, with 124 Certified Farmers’ Markets in Los Angeles County alone. While much of the literature about farmers markets focuses on the socio-economic benefits, little exists on the socio-spatial impact on society and the urban condition. This thesis will explore the contribution of farmers markets to Los Angeles’ immediate public sphere and to the identity of their respective neighborhoods over time by analyzing the socio-spatial qualities of the markets at multiple scales. As a means for public activity, farmers markets provide space for a variety of social interactions; by virtue of their repetitive nature, they also act as catalysts for change of more permanent urban conditions over time. Through an analysis that uncovers how social and urban frameworks are influenced by the spatial properties of the markets allowing for the intersections of a multitude of interests, movements and scales of activities, I aim to understand how farmers markets can better engage with public, non-profit and private interests, social frameworks, their immediate context, the city and the greater region. Accordingly, public space emerges not as an abstract concept, but rather a concrete spatial expression of overlapping social, political and economic agendas.