More on Small Homes in Big Cities

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

See Lloyd’s blog for comments:…

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One Response to More on Small Homes in Big Cities

  1. Josef Taylor says:

    Awesome! The key with the houses you’ve plucked are that they all sit right up on the sidewalk (or close) and are on pretty small lots, too. I’d love to see more row-house styles come out, very skinny, close together, two or three stories. Butted up against the sidewalk with a small patio out back facing the alley. Also, a wee crane out the top floor window for moving :)

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