You know what? I am suddenly REALLY excited by this idea. Just as I was with the idea of building on a piece of land in the country in the ’60s–’70s.
Different time now.
The last two posts hit a nerve: There have been 24 comments on the subject so far.
I was thinking last night about the concept of building in sketchy city neighborhoods:
To be sure, there are these. A beautiful young woman was gunned down two days ago in Oakland, trying to protect her kids from a gun fight on the streets. But I believe there a lot more neighborhoods that don’t have drugs and gunshots. When I go to Berkeley, I often cruise Oakland, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Leandro; have checked out Hayward (big town) and Vallejo (on the bay, old buildings downtown; about to get hot, I’ll bet). Then there’s Martinez, Benecia, Hercules, San Ramon, Livermore, Danville … This is San Francisco Bay area, my turf, but others in other urban areas will know the outlying towns of big cities.
Point is: not every part of every city’s small building neighborhoods is a crime combat zone. I find tons of neighborhoods that don’t look dangerous.
Here are a few homes in the East Bay. How many little homes like this are in the U.S.A.?
I just decided we’ll have a big section in our forthcoming book, Small Homes, on “Small Homes in Cities.” If you have something to contribute, write us at email@example.com.
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