In the early 1900’s as the Berkeley hills were being mapped for development, pedestrian shortcuts were constructed for residents to walk down to catch the streetcars that would take them downtown and then on to San Francisco. In 1998, four path-curious Berkeley women created the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA). The goal was to locate, identify, name, and number all the public paths and stairways in the city (built and unbuilt) and raise awareness of these valued public amenities.
Mention straw bale construction, and while many have heard of it, the majority of people still reply with skepticism. "Won’t it rot? Doesn’t it burn?" Hardly!
Building with a Renewable Resource