Six years ago the Chicago Bungalow Association started a campaign called “Stop the Pop” in response to the ugly second-story additions that have “popped up” on top of bungalows across Chicagoland. Like a metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the entire body, you can’t escape vinyl siding clashing with beautiful brick no matter what neighborhood or suburb you’re in. While some owners might yell “property rights” (meaning they can do whatever they want to their homes), the organization presents a good case on why pop tops are bad from the use of inferior, short-lived materials to depreciating the value of the home in the long run. Some are better than others, but what kills me about the pop top is it takes bungalow out of the equation. Homeowners don’t seem to value what makes these modest structures so special.