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Curbed Answers: Apartment Building and Salvation Army

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In need of guidance, oh wayward one? Turn to the oracle that is the Ask Curbed SF inbox. We'll burden the masses with your problems, and they, our all-knowing readers, will command thee.

Earlier in the week, an exasperated reader wrote in with the following excerpt: "I live in what I generally consider to be a great building. It's well-maintained, people are pretty quiet, we've got a courtyard and all -- overall, I'm happy. However, some of my neighbors have taken to leaving their unwanted items in the lobby and, in some cases, even on the street where the homeless population is alive and well and very fond of our doorway." Aaaand we have the response. From your fellow readers:

Guest: "You people need to move to the suburbs. This is part and parcel of urban living. I don't WANT you remaking San Francisco in the mirror image of blandville." mattymatt: If the landlords won't get involved, buy a cheap bin and put it in the lobby. Make a big sign that says "Clothing swap -- leave what you hate, take what you love. Contents will be discarded every Friday." redsea2: Actually, for a building to maintain, you need a combination of fuss budgets and let anything go types like you. Free areas are cool, but you need constant push-back or the next person who moves out will just dump all their stuff in the lobby.
· Ask Curbed SF: Apartment Building, or Salvation Army? [Curbed SF]