Advocate: Richard Close of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association at former Sunkist building.

Advocate: Richard Close of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association at former Sunkist building. Photo by David Sprague

If developers get their way, 600-plus new apartments and a new supermarket will rise in Sherman Oaks over the next few years, but their visions have sparked backlashes from residents who believe the projects will degrade rather than improve their communities.

The drama is playing out in other San Fernando Valley neighborhoods as well, now that the economy is strong, home prices continue rising, interest rates remain low and Los Angeles has a housing shortage – all factors that make new construction profitable for developers...

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