Different time now.
The last 2 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 2 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 USA?
I just decided we'll have a big section in our forth coming book, Small Homes, on "Small Homes in Cities." If you have something to contribute, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.