Don't Fear the Renter

Kevin Klinkenberg looks at the fear of "alternative lifestyles": that is, those who rent.
September 2, 2011, 10am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Klinkenberg was recently working remotely, and found himself surrounded by folks who felt renters were inherently bad and would never care for their community and their homes:

He writes:

"The idea that all renters will let a property deteriorate, simply by virtue of not having an ownership interest, is folly. Do groups of college kids sharing a beat-up old house care about its upkeep? For the most part, no. Are there people who simply have no respect for others, and will trash a place? Absolutely.

But to lump all the negatives into the renter category is absurd. How many of us know homeowners who don't know how or care to maintain their property?"

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Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in New Urbanism Blog
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