Tired of subdivisions named after former habitats now buried beneath new impervious surfaces? Do housing developments named "Farmstead Hollow" or "Whispering Pines" stick in your craw? Thank goodness for truth in advertising. The new active adult residential development that is going up on ten acres near the Blackberry River in my town certainly stresses the attractions of the Berkshires to our north - though not actually in our working class community - but it also named one of its three housing types for one of the dominant vegetative features of this landscape that is bound to persist even as we continue to bulldoze and build.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce "The Barberry", a housing style named for one of the most pernicious invasive shrubs to bedevil this region and often associated with unimaginative residential and commercial landscaping? Aptly and honestly named, I look forward to this trend continuing in the future. Anyone for "Bittersweet Haven" or Euonymus Estates?