Best known as the birthplace of John Steinbeck and nicknamed the ‘Salad Bowl of the World,’ Salinas is a working-class agricultural center with down-and-out streets. It makes a thought-provoking contrast with the affluence of the Monterey Peninsula, a fact of life that helped shape Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden. Historic downtown stretches along Main St, with the National Steinbeck Center capping off its northern end.
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