Aesthetic, but worthless


As part of a homeowners association, I’ve come to expect home exterior upkeep in the area, corresponding colors throughout the neighborhood and a lack of rogue vehicles on the street, front lawns and porches for months at a time. In general, I’ve come to expect aesthetic bliss.

It’s clear most HOAs have property values in mind. My HOA is no exception.

We’ve got these really expensive, fancy-looking cast-iron mailboxes, which must add tremendous v...

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