I confess to have never seen a play, whether in person or on TV, by the renown William Shakespeare. I am familiar, and who isn't, with his characters Romeo and Juliet. The balcony scene is iconic. But suppose the balcony was old and rickety. Would Juliet risk injury for a covert encounter with her lover Romeo on such a tremulous platform?
Looking at this balcony one would be inclined to believe Juliet, in a act of self preservation, would have let pass the eloquent words of her love smitten Romeo unheeded, to fade softly away into the starry night.
And who would blame her!
This "balcony" was clearly a DIY project as was much of the construction I found in and around this particular house. The ladder on the left would make the most intrepid Romeo think thrice about ascending to his beloved.
The railing system is substantially lower than would be required. It is also broken and very loose. If one were to lean over the edge to say lend a helping hand to their scaling suitor, it would indeed be a tragedy. Further the points where the structure contacts the roof of the garage have been causing leaks. From my estimation, judging by the amount of stains, roofing tar and wood decay found in and around the area, for years. The end board has simply, as far as I could see, been laid on the roof without any means of attachment. The thought may have been to penetrate the roof would have caused leaks.
The door onto the balcony is from the second floor apartment. The reason for the balcony may have been, believe it or not, safety driven. The balcony and ladder could have been intended as a means of emergency egress. Or it was simply an incredibly bad idea.
If Romeo comes a callin', Juliet would be wise use the back door.