Category: Maintenance

Rats, roaches, and thievery

12 August, 2013 (11:32) | Apartments, Building Codes, Chelsea, Maintenance, Michael McLaughlin, Public housing |

By:David A. Smith   As Michael McLaughlin’s sentencing purgatory continues and he sheds his crocodile tears over the severity of his punishment, bear in mind that every penny he spent on himself, his probable mistress, his cronies, his political friends, and his lawyer – every penny of that comes from residents who have to live […]

The war between the estates: Part 3, abuse of power?

4 August, 2011 (09:15) | Condominiums, Homeowners associations, Homeownership, Maintenance, Replacement reserves |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Yahoo Finance-inspired post on homeowners’ association, living in proximity means power is concentrated in a few, and that the resulting authority is used, including enforcing against the residents:   By order not of the government, […]

The war between the estates: Part 2, use of power

3 August, 2011 (09:05) | Condominiums, Homeownership, Maintenance, Replacement reserves |

By:David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s Yahoo Finance-inspired post explored how homeowners’ associations – which represent an astonishing one-fifth of all American homes – act like horizontal condominiums, with a legal entity owning common space and an elected board making decisions that affect the whole complex, most notably what to […]

The war between the estates: Part 1, concentration of power

2 August, 2011 (12:04) | Condominiums, Homeowners associations, Homeownership, Maintenance | 4 comments

By: David A. Smith   Tension always follows when people live together, whether as roommates, lovers, extended families, in a co-op, a condo, or a homeowners association – and as urbanization increases American cities’ density, these more complex physical forms are increasingly the norm, bringing with them complex financial forms of shared obligations clashing with […]

The high-rise’s mahout

20 April, 2011 (17:35) | Apartments, Cities, Condominiums, Elephants, High-rise, Mahouts, Maintenance, Management, New York City, Superintendent |

By: David A. Smith   Elephants, particularly Indian elephants, are long-lived, apparently indestructible, highly intelligent, faithful, and often affectionate.    Let’s pressure-wash your exterior   Yet they are not nimble, fast, or well suited to precise activities, so they benefit from mahouts, human handlers who provide them what they need, and who in turn benefit […]