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From the Editor 24: Discipline

(DON'T) LET THEM EAT CAKE from HABITAT, DECEMBER 2010[[wysiwyg_imageupload:225:]]Being on a board is like being on a diet. You know it’s for your own good, but it can get very tedious. Sure, you should eat soup and salad but doesn’t the cream-filled chocoate cake seem so much tastier? It must be better for you, right? You feel good after eating it – until you’ve eaten so much that when you look down you can’t see your feet anymore.

From the Editor 21: Local Laws

LOCAL LAWS GONE LOCOfrom HABITAT, JULY/AUGUST 2010[[wysiwyg_imageupload:196:]]

From the Editor 19: Corruption

 [[wysiwyg_imageupload:194:height=236,width=250]] BY ANY OTHER NAMEfrom HABITAT May 2010Our connection was bad, but I could make out the words “corruption” and “dishonest” and “board” from the voice at the other end of the line.

Paying for Performance


From the Editor 18: Tenure

GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY[[wysiwyg_imageupload:133:]] from HABITAT April 2010It all started with a handshake.

From the Editor 17: Cons

SNAKE OIL SALESMANfrom HABITAT, March 2010             [[wysiwyg_imageupload:130:]]Mr. Haney lives on. Not the actual Mr. Haney – actor Pat Butram, who played the unusual salesman on TV’s Green Acres from 1965-71, died some years ago – but a close facsimile.

From the Editor 16: Noise

 MOT RETOS[[wysiwyg_imageupload:127:]]from HABITAT, FEBRUARY 2010It was the first time I had heard this particular theory of behavior. “In a co-op,” said the articulate board president, “it’s an 80/20 situation.” Initially, I thought he was talking about the (in)famous IRS requirement that 80 percent of a cooperative’s income had to come from the residents and only 20 percent could come from its commercial space. But no – that now-defunct rule was nowhere in sight. He continued: “Eighty percent of the shareholders are good neighbors; the other 20 percent are looking to cause trouble.”

From the Editor 15: Prisoners

NOW WE ARE SIXfrom HABITAT, JANUARY 2010[[wysiwyg_imageupload:122:]]I woke up in what seemed to be my bedroom.But it was strangely different.“Where am I?” I asked the shadowy figures standing before me.“In a co-op.”“What do you want?”“A 50 percent maintenance increase.”“You won’t get it.”“By hook or by crook we will.”“Whose side are you on?”“That would be telling.”“Who are you?”“The new board of directors.”“What happened to the old board?”“You are Apartment Six.”

From the Editor 14: Lawyers

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:30:]] WHITHER PERRY MASON?FROM HABITAT DECEMBER 2009

From the Editor 22: Racket Squad, 2010

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:95:]]IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU Scams, Both Large and Smallfrom HABITAT  September 2010