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

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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.

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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.

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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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