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Fascinating! That would never happen here. Someone who could afford it would decide a fee must be paid and then fight everyone over how much to charge everyone. Someone else would volunteer to do the work so they didn’t have to pay and a few others would also volunteer while the rest do nothing. Some neighborhoods set up HOAs. We have Neighborhood Watch but half the homes never even sign up and again, a few volunteers do all the work. When a neighborhood is diverse in terms of speaking different languages, there tends to be some self segregation where people bond with those who primarily speak their language. In cities where housing is compact, there isn’t much open space to work about. In suburbs or less compacted cities, open space is either maintained by local government or by the property owners.
Showtalk said...Someone who could afford it would decide a fee must be paid and then fight everyone over how much to charge everyone. Someone else would volunteer to do the work so they didn’t have to pay and a few others would also volunteer while the rest do nothing.
Well, the fees have been set for the past 34 years.
If you don't pay the $60/yr. to the area manager, should your house catch fire, they will ensure the fire department allow it to do a slow controlled burn to the ground (rather than quickly douse it) while keeping nearby houses of those who paid watered down so the fire doesn't jump to them. I actually watched one of those slow burns about 3 blocks from where I live. I asked the fire fighters why they didn't do more to douse the flames more quickly and they said it was because that place didn't pay the fire fighting fees. And then he went on to say that, but it's actually a service to the person who lives there because if it's burned to the ground, it doesn't cost as much to get rid of the burned debris as if the first floor half burned were left standing with a hole thru the second floor to the roof where the flames burned through.
And if you don't pay the $20/yr. to the subsection manager, you cannot use the garbage disposal shed where everybody places their garbage in. So you would have to find some way/how to get rid of your garbage by yourself.
Only the elderly who have trouble walking and the disabled do not assist in volunteering, but usually at least one or more people from each home participates in the clean up.
Showtalk said...In suburbs or less compacted cities, open space is either maintained by local government or by the property owners.
In Japan, open space is also maintained by either the city or by property owners. But property owners are only required to cut the grass twice a year. Sometimes that grass grows pretty tall in 6 months so neighborhood volunteers just cut back about 1 meter away from the road for better visibility for cars on the road. The rest is then cut by the owner twice a year.
Diversity isn't really a problem in Japan. And usually those areas where foreigners live among the Japanese, they too tend to pitch in and volunteer because everybody does it and it's actually enjoyable when everybody participates.
When everybody finishes the clean up of neighborhood, the Subsection Manager has beer, Japanese tea, Juice, Cola and snacks set out for everybody to enjoy after doing a good job. The Japanese are a community oriented people. The US could learn a lot from them, but nobody really wants to as they would have to put their time in as well! So because of those snobs... we end up with a totally snobbish society! (* SAD FROWN *)
We pay directly to the waste companies to pick up garbage unless we have septic. Fire and other services are paid for by taxes, but ambulances send a bill.
Showtalk said...We pay directly to the waste companies to pick up garbage unless we have septic. Fire and other services are paid for by taxes, but ambulances send a bill.
This all goes back to my initial explanation that things should be taken care of at the lowest echelons.
The fire department is paid directly by our area President with monies coming from Subsection Managers who get their block chiefs to go around collecting the monies. No need to involve City Hall with unnecessary taxation to it's citizens and then pay the fire department when it can be handled at the Area level. (i.e. reduces what City Hall has to do.)
Garbage collection is paid by the Subsection Managers and also collected by the block chiefs when they collect the area fees.
So you give the block chief $80 once a year and they give you two receipts. One for the $20 to the Subsection Manager one for the remaining $60 to the area President.
Ambulances send the bill here in Japan too.