The tension between the ideal of private property and the reality of condominium living necessitates negotiation about the control one has over one’s home. The prioritisation of housing as a commodity rather than a place to live has implications for the quality of condominiums and their management. Condominiums function as an additional tier of urban governance, responsible for managing people, buildings and finances. The relationship between the private life of condominiums and the broader public life of cities is mediated by housing markets, development practices, planning regimes, legal structures and social and cultural norms. The result is that condominiums reflect and reproduce urban inequality. Yet the existence of condominiums as important institutions provides potential for positive social change by enabling local-level resident action, mobilising place-based politics and facilitating the creation of local social ties. It will take concerted effort to reimagine and reactivate the condominium in this way.
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