Monday, December 28, 2009

Upgrade the old apartment buildings.

I'm walking around Boston, and I observed that all the apartments and houses in the area seemed to be built with stairs on their front porch. After viewing many apartments around Allston / Brighton and Boston area, I realized that none, except Hotels and Luxury Apartments.

For the past 3 months, I've also noticed that many people on wheel chairs seemed to live in homes with steps on their front porch and even when they need a wheelchair to move around, they seem to be able to carry their wheel chairs up flights of stairs to the third floor.

I wonder if they needed the wheelchairs for insurance money, or is it a simple scam or are they just too lazy to walk? I've seen a woman driving her car with a handicapped sign on her front mirror, get out on a wheel chair and carry the wheel chair up 3 levels of stairs to her apartment.

I figured that if you can carry a wheelchair up 3 floor, you can walk. I see a lot of Handicapped parking lots and even handicapped accessible buildings. The buses and trains are also handicapped accessible, but why not homes? I reckoned that if you are unable to leave your wheelchair, you probably be living in a home that is also handicapped accessible.

If all the homes that were built 100 years ago, should there be some form of incentive for the Government to give out to rebuild some of these old homes, to:

1) Fit more people, build it up more.
2) Retrofit buildings with more heat efficient systems, (new boilers, heaters, windows)
3) Upgrade electrical systems.
4) Modify existing apartment buildings to make them more elderly accessible.

I believe that USA is also facing an aging population, and having lots of stairs and no elevators in apartments does not make sense. The aging rental apartments in poor maintenance is also a hazard, and there are lots of apartments and houses with 100 year old asbestos filled boilers still around.

There should be a widespread promotion to make buildings more energy efficient and elderly friendly, otherwise, there should be a demand for such building soon.

-- Iron Bowl

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