On Sunday, the New York Times Business Section ran a story on the front page titled Getting to Yes on NIMBY Street. It’s about California’s housing crisis, and how a series of smaller projects can have a large impact in aggregate. It is written around the 3 homes that we designed on Haskell Street in Berkeley as an example of how neighborhoods are rejecting this type of housing and in effect worsening the problem, not just of high housing costs, but of sustainability
The cover image is of another project we did in Berkeley, on 9th and university. It is a great example of how projects like this end up integrating into a neighborhood. When we return, now years after construction, the neighborhood is just as peaceful as when we arrived, and the controversy long forgotten. As more of these projects come to realization, there will likely be fewer words about them in the New York Times; they will become the norm.