RIDING AND RENTING
I live in a moderately priced rental loft in a converted mill building that's the perfect setting for a Stephen King novel. Haunted by large sepia toned photographs positioned on each floor, from the days when the mill was actively turning out textiles, the building reeks of its infamous industrial heritage. Long, silent hallways host evenly spaced red doors behind which residents hide their lives.
Most of the people living in my building are an odd collage of middle class single people and young couples. From UPS drivers and retail personnel to college professors and administrative assistants. Most of us living here also appear to have dogs, including me.
There are two parking lots. One in front of the building and one in the back. A concrete and brick garage with open portals is provided for both inclement weather and for those who prefer having a roof over their vehicles. It's also convenient for those of us with motorcycles who want their bikes kept dry when it rains and a place to keep them sheltered from harsh New England winters.
I drive an economical, three year old Ford Fiesta which gets amazing gas mileage and doesn't bust my budget. It may well be the most inexpensive three year old car on the property.
I say that because I see flocks of new BMW's, Porsches, thirty eight thousand dollar four door custom Jeep Wranglers, powerful Mercedes coupes, Jaguars, new Ford F150's, and an exotic line up of imported, and expensive, SUV's. Some people living here have two cars, most of which are priced above the thirty thousand dollar mark. Almost all the owners of these vehicles dress casually when they leave for work or when they return at the end of the day. There aren't many doctors, hedge fund managers, or executives living in my complex.
What I don't understand is, that even if these new vehicles are leased, the monthly payments on them would put a significant dent in the average middle class salary. Maybe that's why they choose to live in an apartment complex instead of buying a house? They'd rather have the ride and rent than pay the mortgage.