Santa Cruzâ€™s Westside: Going in Circles Since 1890
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It looks lovely but seems a little... unnatural. Reading the article, I understand why:
The Circles is largely considered a â€śmarvelous planning disasterâ€ť by the architecturally minded. It was developed in a haphazard fashion. Tent homes made of plywood and canvas were common in the early years. The circle pattern also resulted in many odd and substandard-sized lots; many are between 2000 and 3000 square feet, while a standard city lot is 5,000 to 6000. Today you will see many large houses with strange angles crammed into these tiny lots. That said, the neighborhood does have a more cohesive feel than many.