NIMBY Or Not — A Community Implodes Over Whether (And Where) To House Homeless People

(Illustration by Dana Amihere based on a Creative Commons image)

A skinny, triangle-shaped piece of land has brought a neighborhood in Fullerton to a full boil.

The unremarkable land is located between a busy thoroughfare and four sets of railroad tracks.

It's surrounded beyond by middle-class neighborhoods.

City leaders were approached about building an apartment complex on this land to house homeless people.

When neighbors learned about this potential deal, a battle began — the same kind that we've seen in Koreatown, Venice, Sherman Oaks, Irvine (and the list goes on).

Community meetings were held.

Facebook Live posts were streamed.

There was a tour of similar developments in OC.

There were phone calls. And letters.

And angry social media posts.

And more meetings and more calls and more letters.

And then last week ... the project imploded, before it even got started.

KPCC/LAist has been following the story for months, and we have for you a breakdown of the breakdown.


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