Mine was nastier than this. Pure boarding house. No heat in the "common areas." Shared kitchen and Idiot room mates who put metal in the microwave! Weird wiring. A landlord who was a dentist who I think had the property as a hobby. Still-$125/MONTH!!! I had no money at the time, so....pretty coolOriginally posted by H
I think this brings up a broader housing policy issue: As we "improve" standards-often based on middle class family concepts as Michelle mentions above-we price more and more people out of the housing market. An example: UC Berkeley has some aging, not very nice circa WWII married student housing in the town of Albany nearby. They are now redeveloping the entire property into a perfect example of New Urbanist/Seaside pastiche: better landscaping, nice, multicolored neotraditional buildings, "pedestrian walkways, the whole shebang. But, the rents will be twice or three times as high as those in the older, substandard housing. Where do the marginal married students go? Into an already overcrowded private market?
There are other populations like this: can we build middle class/fully standard housing for farm workers and other itinerant employees? How? We can't-so what happens is just illegal doubling and trippling of households in aging homes.