five-one-oh

Living local, urban design, sustainability, landscape architecture, and places in the East Bay. Design that works where it is.

Big Sur Roadhouse

One way we live where we are is to travel local. We spent the weekend with the kids in Big Sur, about 150 miles from most of the five-one-oh area … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rain Gardens – Why they are important during a drought

Originally posted on Native Hearts Garden Blog:
Pervious paving at native demo garden, Taylor & Walnut, San Jose We’re in the middle of a drought crisis… why the heck should…

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beach Strawberry

This California native plant, Fragaria chiloiensis, grows quickly in our yard in Oakland. Sometimes it grows too well, spreading into areas intended for less rambunctious native plants. Still, it’s a great groundcover in … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Oakland’s Uptown

There’s a lot happening in Oakland’s Uptown Neighborhood. It has been named a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Association.

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nesting Box

I could take a whole series of photos showing beautiful security bars in Oakland. This design for windows in the Longfellow neighborhood is my favorite example. The center of the … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment