Houses, History, Impermanence

You know Blake’s instruction to the struggling real estate salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross: A B WATHOH – Always Be Writing About the History of Houses. I live by that easy-to-remember credo.

The design-focused Medium collection re:form, edited by Sarah Rich right here in Oakland, California, gave me some space to write about a little obsession of mine: houses that were once twins or triplets but have diverged in the time since their construction. There are a bunch of those around here, though the development pattern that produced them is by no means unique to Oakland. Our house is a twin, and I look for them everywhere I go. If I did it right, maybe someone who reads this will catch my obsession, and we can trip on the sidewalk because we’re too busy staring at buildings … together.

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