IF THEY ONLY BUILT THEM WELL AND PROPERLY SOUNDPROOFED BUT OBVIOUSLY THESE DEVELOPERS TO MAKE MAXIMUM PROFITS DONT GIVE QUALITY

IF THEY ONLY BUILT THEM WELL AND PROPERLY SOUNDPROOFED BUT OBVIOUSLY THESE DEVELOPERS TO MAKE MAXIMUM PROFITS DONT GIVE QUALITY

Stack-'em-up flats erode quality of life I WONDER how many politicians/developers ever live in the apartments they approve/build. Not too many, I think. The Age's Domain apartment guide is full of happy stories about people who have downsized from spacious suburban homes. But these people are living in top-dollar dwellings. For the majority of Melburnians the story is quite different.

I have lived in the inner city for many years, first in a house, and when that became unaffordable, a recently built one-bedroom apartment. Most people think that as long as the other residents don't hold wild parties a life of peace and privacy is possible. Wrong. Apartment living can be as stressful as the dreaded open plan office environment. If I open my window, or the door to my courtyard and the people upstairs are on their balcony I can clearly hear their conversations. Even with all my windows and doors closed I know when they turn switches on and off, close cupboards and doors, shower, use the toilet, have sex, walk, sneeze and cough. I live in a small, three-storey block of 11 apartments.

The mind boggles at what life is like in new, high-rise, 70-plus dwellings. The media needs to stop spruiking apartment living as some kind of wonderful sea change for cashed-up baby boomers and start reporting the very real erosion of quality of life that these dwellings cause. Monica Clarke, Port Melbourne

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