Maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean repairing something back to its original condition. If it did, we’d all still be using outhouses. And while we’re pretty good at changing interior spaces to suit our living needs, often exteriors are left out.
Here’s an example. In my building, probably 80 percent of our balconies are (unfortunately) enclosed and will likely (unfortunately) remain that way. Outside those enclosures are the original railings which give owners a nice prison-bar view from the waist down. Not very enticing.
When it came time to repaint and repair the exterior of the building, railing repair was part of the drill. My question was why couldn’t we ask the city if the railings on those completely enclosed balconies couldn’t just be removed. They served no useful purpose, were unattractive and ultimately cost money to maintain.