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Re: roto-hammers, masonry & city of LA

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You might if you were low income and needed an affordable place to live in a
city where new construction rates provide living and working enviornments
for the more affluent. URM structures (apartments primarily) are the largest
sources of low income and elderly housing. The reason that the state has not
tried to tear down these thousands of buildings is that it would simply
displace a major portion of the population onto the streets or impose more
demand on the state and federal agencies for subsidized housing.
With that said, it is imparative that these buildings - which have survived
almost 3/4 of a century - are upgraded to reduce the risk to life and yet
maintain their affordability for low income. The costs for the work are
amortized back to the tennants, but over a long period of time. With average
costs running around $10.00 to $15.00 per square foot, the payback period
and cost to tennents can be low.
Finally, there is a need for these old buildings and retrofiting them
preserves their heritage, affordability and reduces - effectively - the risk
of loss of life in a sizable earthquake as proven by Loma Prieta and
Dennis Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick J. Quinn <quinnair(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 1998 10:45 PM
Subject: Re: roto-hammers, masonry & city of LA

>I don't think I would allow any sort of occupancy of a structure that
>couldn't be trusted to
>withstand the operation of a Roto-Hammer or occasional dancing.
>Pat Quinn
>Henderson, Nevada