October 20, 2015
Note that date.
Two days ago, I saw my first Xmas-themed commercial, for Hershey’s Kisses. Showed all these kisses moving in rhythm to handbells playing, “We wish you a merry Xmas.”
Last night, I saw my second, for Rent-A-Center.
To be sure, the reason for the season includes the letters “C,” “H,” and “S.” The word is “CASH.”
From 2006 to 2010, I lived in Barclay and served as the “super,” or resident caretaker, of a rooming house. On one occasion, I e-mailed the landlady about two certain tenants: “_____ and _____ have to go. They’re slum-dwellers.”
Some people will make a slum of anywhere they live.
Actually, a lot of people do that.
Emily Badger recently demonstrated why affordable housing just isn’t do-able in the private sector, given the raw numbers: The basic reason why there just isn’t enough decent housing for the poor. I dream that someday that may change.
It won’t so long as people, renters or not, vandalize the very homes in which they live.
Related: Where trees thrive, people thrive
Follow-up: 10/21/16: All landlords have conduct rules, not just for subsidized renters