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Zagat rated neighbors

Before you sign that 1 year lease...
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Wouldn't it be nice to know that your neighbors meet some minimum criteria before you move in next to them? Ever move into a great apartment or condo, only to find out that your new neighbors have a tendancy to deep-fry everything and have loud, drunken domestic disputes at odd hours? Here's the solution.

Create a survey system and placards similar to the Zagat survey- but assess the "quality of life" for each household. A device which measures decibel level and onion/curry smell could be periodically located outside the domicile to establish/audit the rating. Landlords could offer rental incentives for keeping your ratings in good standing.

Aluicious, Nov 10 2006

Zagat Survey http://www.zagat.com/
[youngtimer, Nov 10 2006]


       The //landlords could offer rental incentives for keeping you ratings in good standing// I think could backfire. It makes you dependent on someone else to get you rent breaks. While I love co-op systems, they could backfire, when a neighbour has his annual "squid vaulting contest" and sends up a cloud of onion stench from his Bar-B-Que. You feel the need to get back at him for rasing your rent so you have the rawmeat slinging contest at you house this year, and this time the secret ingreadent is curry. His rent goes up, he gets back at you with a "Mega-Man" cos-party with deepfryed rush...and the cycle continues. But soon your out of house and home, forced to the streets by the high price of living, and no one can afford to move in, so the land-lord is forced to leave the property empty. Everyone loses.   

       Also some one could keep rent high for some one they don't like in their neighborhood by having lots of cookouts. It's giving tools to drive people out of house and home to the people that are around them, at least one of them is bound to have a grudge. [-]
youngtimer, Nov 10 2006

       [-] for //onion/curry smell// How do you deal with/measure other desirability factors such as not living anywhere near Daily Mail readers (benefit fraudsters, racist bigots etc)?   

       I like the idea of a fixed decibel meter, to measure the quietness of a place - but I'd leave it at that, best keep these things simple.
zen_tom, Nov 10 2006

       /It's giving tools to drive people out of house and home to the people that are around them/- These tools already exist and are in full use. I myself have been driven out by neighbors, and HAVE driven out neighbors. The rating only gives you some insight into what kind of atmosphere you're getting into. Personally, I wouldn't want to live in the quietest rated neighborhood, the same way I don't want to eat at restaurants with $80 entrees.
Aluicious, Nov 10 2006

       What's wrong with $80-entree restaurants?
methinksnot, Nov 11 2006

       When I go to a $80-entree restaurant, I expect the meal to be a very beautiful, interesting balance between flavours, textures, aromas, temperatures and colours. You should also expect a reasonably experienced sommelier and a good cellar.
Portion size is, I guess, part of the balance deal. But if you just wanna fill yer belly, there's plenty of polish smorgasboard restaurants about.
methinksnot, Nov 12 2006


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