Originally Posted by mordecai
Surprised you don't blame this on rent control laws.
Rent control probably has some affect, but I think leasing in general leads to this and is the biggest factor. There's little investment incentive because tenants don't take care of shit they have no long term interests in, so landlords are generally going to put in the shittiest appliances, fixtures, and improvements they can get away with to turn a short profit and cut their losses on damages. Same thing happens with masterplanned suburban developments even though they sell, but it's ultimately the responsibility of people to get a fucking clue. People should raise their standards for architecture and housing in exactly the same way they've done so with food. Thankfully, I think this trend is reversing. I hope 1970-2010 is the darkest age of American consumerism.