Barbara Ballinger (www.barbaraballinger.com) is a
freelance writer, author, and speaker who focuses on real estate, design, and family
business. Her most recent book is The Kitchen
Bible: Designing Your Perfect Culinary Space (Images
For years, the Lacy neighborhood of Santa Ana, Calif. suffered empty lots strewn with weeds and trash. So, the city acquired a few parcels for rental units, totaling almost 5.1 acres, for its first major sustainable infill construction project.