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Over in Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a 420-square foot cottage in the backyard of a home on Delaware Street. What's all the fuss about? One company thinks creating small, sustainable secondary units on private property is the alternative to creating unsustainable suburban sprawl. And Berkeley agrees. "We favor increasing the number of secondary units. It's the only goal we have added to the housing element of our general plan this year," says Debra Sanderson, Planning Manager at the City of Berkeley. The article is jam-packed with information about why small, secondary units should become all the rage in Berkeley, and has choice quotes like "I'm a New Yorker and I like density. When I look around Berkeley I think it would look nicer with more buildings." [Berkeleyside]