Blogging NYT: Getting Territorial

Blogging NYT: Getting Territorial

Apr 27, 2007

We have probably all done it, at least once. Tempted by the lure of the space in the hallway outside of our apartment's front door, maybe left a pair of muddy boots, or a stroller, or ....hosted a child's birthday party on the landing?

Great article in the NYT this week about
hallway malfeasance in apartment buildings. It is public space, but also the transition to private space, and in places where space is at a premium, parking a stroller outside of your front door may be necessary.

Of course the article is about extremes, but it did hit uncomfortably close to home for us, since we treat that 4x3 space as a de-facto front porch.

What do you think? Does it drive you nuts when people leave their personal belongings outside their front door? Do you leave anything out there? And if you do, where is the line that helps you decide what is, and isn't, okay to park outside of your own front door?

Illustration by Gary Howland, for the New York Times.

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