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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Will the Source Put Buena Park on the Map—Or Be Its Biggest Boondoggle?

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

Every morning, Joe Gruppie makes himself a cup of coffee at his Buena Park home of five years before heading out to work. And when he opens the front door, he's greeted by a drab wall with four stories of exposed steel beams rising from it. "It's pretty ugly and just gets uglier with time," he says of what one day will be a 172-room Hilton anchoring the Source, a $400 million mega retail center being built next to Gruppie's neighborhood. But right now, it's an empty shell that's too perfect a metaphor for the Source's costly, problematic saga.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly cover story out on newsstands today:

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