Apartments were overcrowded. Gangs owned the neighborhood park.
When the usual city tools – code enforcement visits and increased police presence – weren’t enough, frustrated officials reached for a sledgehammer to address the problems of the Richman Park neighborhood in south Fullerton:
The city would buy all of the properties in the neighborhood, and convert them into affordable housing.Starting in the mid-2000s, Fullerton spent more than $22.7 million snapping up as many available properties as possible in the heavily Latino neighborhood and partnered with nonprofit developers to convert them into well-maintained and affordable single-family houses and apartment complexes. The last, the 46-unit Compass Rose complex, opened this year – featuring big rooms for recreation and community events. Read More