Category: Community Building

Community Building Growing Green
2013 May Growing Green

 While it may be considered socially or politically correct to “go green” when embarking on new construction projects or updating an existing property to  include green roofs, energy-efficient lighting or electric-friendly car ports,  adop…

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Community Building The Play's the Thing
2013 May The Play's the Thing

 Back in the day when we were little kids, playgrounds largely consisted of  swing-sets, teeter-totters, some monkey bars, and maybe a metal slide or two,  along with the requisite basketball hoops and tetherball set-up.    Since th…

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Community Building Attractive Perks
2012 May Attractive Perks

 What drives a prospective homeowner to purchase a condominium unit often depends  on a host of variables. In this slowly rebounding economy, every dollar spent  is scrutinized, and associated values must be transparent. For some, location…

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Community Building Space, the Final Frontier
2012 May Space, the Final Frontier

This is about the easiest decision—the closest thing to a no-brainer—a board of trustees will ever need to consider: what to do with vacant space. Install storage lockers. If you already have storage lockers, install more stora…

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Community Building Equal Access
2012 May Equal Access

For some New Englanders, planning daily errands and activities can be as tricky as mountaineering. These folks live with disabilities, are elderly, or have had their mobility compromised by illness or injury—even temporarily. For them, …

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Community Building Building Community Online
2012 May Building Community Online

 It’s hard to imagine how quickly technology has evolved during our lifetimes, and  much of that change is a result of how much closer we’ve become—virtually, that is. Whether it’s finding cheap plane tickets, or a restaurant for a Saturda…

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Community Building Changing Times
2011 May Changing Times

 Two important shifts in U.S. demographics are playing a role in planning the  future of condominium communities. First, the nation’s population, including that of New England, is becoming more racially and  ethnically diverse. Second, peo…

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Community Building Can We Go Green?
2011 May Can We Go Green?

 As gasoline prices rise with increasing summer demand, American thoughts focus  sharply on the cost of energy and ways to trim fat from their overall energy  budgets. Yet for the nation’s nearly sixty million condo dwellers, considering n…

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Community Building More Than Fish Tales
2011 May More Than Fish Tales

 The fish you ate for dinner was likely pulled from the icy waters off  Gloucester, Massachusetts, before it was processed in a packing plant in the  picturesque Cape Ann community.    Fishing has been central to Gloucester’s identi…

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Community Building Soaking Up Savings
2011 May Soaking Up Savings

Years ago, when residents wanted to do their laundry, they grabbed their baskets, a pocketful of quarters and perhaps a good book or their Walkman and headed downstairs to the dark, dingy laundry room. A few hours later, they would ret…

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