Fight Continues for Affordable Housing in Anaheim

25 Apr

From the Associated Press, by way of San Jose Mercury News: Anaheim vote could put low-income housing near Disneyland.

Disneyland was not The Happiest Place on Earth after local officials paved the way to place low-income housing at its gates.The City Council voted 3-2 late Tuesday night for a zoning change that would permit construction of condominiums inside a 2.2-square-mile area that was set aside more than a dozen years ago as a resort district.

The housing proposal includes a 26-acre parcel just a few blocks from Disneyland and across the street from Disney-owned land that could someday be the site of another theme park.

The vote came despite a Disneyland lawsuit and a possible election fight. Supporters said affordable housing was desperately needed for workers in the city’s massive tourism industry who share cramped quarters or commute hours because they cannot afford Orange County housing prices.

This might be bad news for Disneyland management, but given the wages of most Disneyland Cast Members, it’s good news for them.

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