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Section 8 housing in Sylmar, California, February 3, 1984. Sylmar residents initially resisted the construction of large apartment and condominium complexes during the 1980s because they worried that schools, emergency services, and area resources would not keep pace with a rapid population increase, and that the community's suburban atmosphere might be endangered. Robert and Betty Franklin Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

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