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8 February 2021

We had some time to kill before kickoff yesterday, so we took a short walk around the neighborhood. And what do you know but we noticed a change.

Vacant Lot. Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm II R at 15mm (30mm) and f4.5, 1/1250 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Since we moved here in 2003, there has been a vacant lot along the side of Edgehill Mountain on Kensington Way. It has been for sale a few times. But it has never been developed.

It's nearly vertical, going straight up the hill. You couldn't pitch a tent on it.

But that doesn't stop engineers from drawing up all sorts of fancy plans with buildings on stilts that sink deep into the chert to promise stability that environmentalists scoff at.

Particularly where this lot is because it's near a mysterious underground water source that spills into the street after a rain.

That whole side of the hill has been quite controversial, in fact. In The Cautionary Tale of Kensington Way, Joel Engardio, who recently ran for supervisor, wrote about a massive development just up the street that has encountered unanimous neighborhood resistance. "It just isn't an appropriate location for housing of any type," he notes of the location.

So we were amused yesterday to see a fence (with more expensive dog-eared redwood boards and even a gate) had been erected to keep people like ourselves from trespassing, apparently. The lot is even too steep to trespass.

Despite the home improvement, it's still a vacant lot. And, we suspect, the neighbors would like to see it remain vacant.

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