Mercury News: Sunnyvale mobile home park’s last holdouts cling to hope as demolition looms

Mercury News: Sunnyvale mobile home park’s last holdouts cling to hope as demolition looms
July 22, 2018 Pierce Monahan

Underneath the bulging eyeball that overlooks a road into Blue Bonnet Mobile Home Park, a sign advises: “Slow Down.” But the pace of activity under its watchful gaze has been anything but slow over the past year, as one resident after another has packed their bags and departed, leaving behind memories of neighbors holding barbecue block parties and children playing together, back in the days when area homes sold for $30,000. All that remains at this mobile home park on East Evelyn Avenue is yellow caution tape, a spare stove here, an orange tree there, a community swimming pool — and a handful of residents who have defiantly stuck around to fight a David and Goliath battle against the forces of the park owner, the developer she’s hired to build 62 three-story townhouses and the city of Sunnyvale. Ultimately, though, their enemy is a relentless Bay Area real estate market that is driving low-income residents out of the region.

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