This poster compares two community participation projects for redevelopment in different parts of Los Angeles. Despite the similarities between the two projects such as the structure of the community workshops, size of the site to be redeveloped, and participation of students as part of the same course under the same instructor’s supervision, the main difference is the profile of the communities. In light of the discussions, which warn against the pseudo practice of community participation and its natural consequence as NIMBYsm, comparing these two projects is informative. The first project was to provide development alternatives for a five acre area adjacent to a public open space in a relatively affluent part of Los Angeles. However, prior to its acquisition as public property, the site was rented exclusively to equestrians as a staging area for the rest of the park. Unsurprisingly, the same group of equestrians was heavily involved in decision making process regarding the future of the site and the nature of its public use. In the end, both alternatives for development of the site were some form of combination of uses among equestrians, mountain bikers and pedestrians, in spite of the fact that none of the equestrians or mountain bikers were among closeby living residents. The second project was also to provide development alternatives for a five acre area. This time, however, the site was located in a low income area of Los Angeles. The site was particularly crucial for this part of Los Angeles, since this was an attempt to redevelop an area which had been used as a recycling site for a long time. The non-profit organization of the area helped students organize the community workshops. Both alternatives for the site included different versions of mixed use development with affordable housing. Comparing these two projects supports the idea that community participation is open to NIMBYsm, which allows different parts of the population dominate the decision making processes. When interested citizens with a single agenda dominate the community workshops, their influence on the decision making process is inevitable. Without a doubt, the solution lies in increasing awareness and participation of different parts of the population. This poster demonstrates the lengthy and complex procedure followed in order to increase awareness and participation at the initial stages of the second project.