Cleanliness of a neighborhood is a sign of economic stability and prosperity and pride.
Keep the hedges trimmed. Put fresh mulch by the flowers. Bathrooms should smell nice and fresh. Sidewalks should be free of mold (especially black mold) and stains. Streets shouldn't have oil drips on it.
This holds true for homes and it also holds true for businesses, as it also holds true for the entire community.
Collier County FL is a very clean community. From Vanderbilt Beach to Golden Gate Estates, 95% of Collier County is very clean and fresh. Every area has its exceptions, but they only serve to prove the rule! Even in its ugliest parts, Naples FL is more beautiful than many other places in the USA.
There's something that happens to a community when a little bit of overlooked unkeptness rapidly grows to overtake the community. It's called the "Broken Window Syndrome". I mention a little bit about it here: http://free.naplesplus.us/articles/view.php/6911/broken-window and http://free.naplesplus.us/articles/view.php/6917/broken-window-theory-explained
The gist of it is this:
Perhaps in a foreclosed (abandoned!) home, a window is broken.
Nobody pays any attention to the broken window.
Yet people drive by, walk by, every day. Kids play around there.
And the grass grows taller and the window stays broken. Bored kids break in through the broken window to see what they can see. Perhaps a homeless person crawls in to make a home. But that's not the main problem.
Before you know it another window is broken elsewhere. Nobody notices.
Then a fence is broken. A sidewalk is cracked. Nobody pays it any mind.
Before you know it, there is graffitti. Property values plummet. Places are no longer selling, so they go for rent. But nobody is renting houses. So house is split up into rooms. One house has rooms for rent. Then another, then another.
Within a very short time (just a few years at most), the character of the neighborhood has changed.
All starting from a broken window that nobody paid any attention to.
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