So this morning I had two confrontations with dog owners. One guy had his dog right in the middle of a flower patch. As I was walking by, I told him his dog is not supposed to be there, so he smiles stupidly and sticks his tongue out at me. Naturally, this caused me to hurl some choice words at him, and he stuck his tongue out again, which I answered back with even more choice words, and the smile was at least disappearing from his face as we parted. The next guy had no leash on his dog, so once again, the scene developed into a verbal confrontation.
This was not a confrontation this morning, but...as I was walking by the guard booth a female dog owner had her dog leash extended almost right across the walkway, while nearby another female dog owner had her dog in "the garden." I looked to the guard booth, and the guy sitting there had his nose buried in--yes, you guessed it--his cell phone, completely oblivious to anything going on right before him.
The above are just examples of relatively minor quality of life issues that grate, at least for me. What pisses me off probably more is that Public Safety is so lackadaisical in enforcing anything in this complex. It's been that way for years. What generally happens is that there is an initial enforcement of the rules, but give it two weeks or so, and the rules seem to start evaporating, at least where enforcement is concerned. Talking to Stuy Town's Security Chief, Bill McClellan, doesn't help either in the long term. I've already visited him twice during Tishman Speyer's reign, basically with the same concerns and observations and suggestions (such as having Public Safety walk around the complex rather than sporadically drive around the Oval and loops).
Again, the above dog-related matters are relatively minor when compared with such issues as noise, non-working laundry rooms and elevators, and the garbage we see both inside and outside buildings. People's frustrations are at a high, as evidenced by the recent fiery Town Hall meeting with general manager Sean Sullivan.
The question becomes what can we really do in the face of these quality of life issues? It's obvious that the landlord isn't too concerned about them (other than the bad press they may provoke), so we--the tenants who care--seem to be on our own, both as a group (the TA) or individually. And I'm not looking for the answer being ownership of this place. That may or may not happen (and chances are very good that it won't happen). I'm asking about now, not some time in a nebulous future.
I hate to become a person who just doesn't care about PCVST, who just puts blinders on to make things less annoying or upsetting. I don't think I can ever become such a person. But I wonder how many of the more permanent residents of this complex who used to care have just given up.
So what do you do to keep sane and calm here? That is, if you care about this place.
Meanwhile, here's a new rule: Bike riding is now forbidden around the Oval. The signs are up at all the entry points. We'll see about enforcement.
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