Yesterday (November 21), I visited four large apartment complexes in Seoul. About 59% of Seoulites live in apartments, so I find it an important part of the mayor’s business to see what needs to be done to make apartments happy communities.
The four large apartment complexes stated in the foregoing are those where residents carry out positive community activities, including the reduction of administrative expenses. There, I could see that lots of constructive changes were being made. I thought that their know-how accumulated in the elimination of waste factors in administrative expenses and conflicts among residents could spread to other apartments like dandelion seeds. Let me introduce the details of their exemplary practices here.
Samsung Apartment in Chang-dong, Dobong-gu
(Year of construction: 1992/1,668 households in 18 buildings)
This apartment set an example for others to follow in the reduction of administrative expenses through transparent management. The residents saved 45.6 million won (27,000 won per household) a year in electricity charges by switching to a system more favorable to them. Since November 2012, the apartment has saved 77,737kWh (= 6.9 million won) a year by replacing 522 fluorescent lamps in the underground parking lot with LED lamps.
The following tools and kitchen equipment are useful, but individual households find it burdensome to buy them: power screwdrivers/drills, electric saws, lawn mowers, large-sized rubber containers, large-sized dining tables, food waste dewaterers, etc. At this apartment, the administrative office purchases them for lending to households that need them.
Parkrio Apartment in Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu
(6,864 households in 66 buildings)
This apartment is known for the deep bond and friendship among neighbors through the invigoration of community activities. The library built in idle space has 1,500 books that people can borrow freely. It has a total of 72 bulletin boards for communication among residents. The apartment runs diverse programs designed for communication among residents, including an annual exhibition of poems and handicrafts done by residents.
Desian Apartment in Sinnae-dong, Jungnang-gu
(1,326 households in 15 buildings)
This apartment, which consists of individually owned units (27%) and rental ones (73%), is known as an exemplary one in terms of good relations among neighbors. The residents made the administrative rules through dialogues and communication and elected represe…