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Old 03-15-2013, 06:50 PM
 
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We still have boarding houses today, they're just called bed and breakfasts now. I think there's a few reasons they're not as popular anymore. Hotels have become cheaper, and are now usually the first choice for travelers. Also in the past people often used they're homes to supplement their incomes. They could raise chickens or vegetables, sew and sell clothes, or take in boarders. Since then hosing has become more affordable, and jobs pay better, so people don't need the supplement income anymore.

B&B's are still very popular in Scotland. I think this is probably due to the higher housing costs, the higher number of tourists, and because Europeans seem to consider B&B's as a lodging option more than Americans do.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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We still have boarding houses today, they're just called bed and breakfasts now. I think there's a few reasons they're not as popular anymore. Hotels have become cheaper, and are now usually the first choice for travelers. Also in the past people often used they're homes to supplement their incomes. They could raise chickens or vegetables, sew and sell clothes, or take in boarders. Since then hosing has become more affordable, and jobs pay better, so people don't need the supplement income anymore.

B&B's are still very popular in Scotland. I think this is probably due to the higher housing costs, the higher number of tourists, and because Europeans seem to consider B&B's as a lodging option more than Americans do.
Boarding houses were not for travelers, or not exclusively for travelers anyway. They were more for people living on their own.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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Boarding houses were not for travelers, or not exclusively for travelers anyway. They were more for people living on their own.
That may have been more true in the past, but I think today they are mostly for travelers.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:13 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Boarding houses were not for travelers, or not exclusively for travelers anyway. They were more for people living on their own.
Yep.

Here's a somewhat modern take on boarding houses:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/te...anted=all&_r=0
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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We still have boarding houses today, they're just called bed and breakfasts now. I think there's a few reasons they're not as popular anymore. Hotels have become cheaper, and are now usually the first choice for travelers. Also in the past people often used they're homes to supplement their incomes. They could raise chickens or vegetables, sew and sell clothes, or take in boarders. Since then hosing has become more affordable, and jobs pay better, so people don't need the supplement income anymore.

B&B's are still very popular in Scotland. I think this is probably due to the higher housing costs, the higher number of tourists, and because Europeans seem to consider B&B's as a lodging option more than Americans do.
B&Bs aren't the same thing really. Those are geared towards travelers with seeking "quaint". Boarding houses offer itinerate workers a clean place at a reasonable place for a short or mid-term.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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wow, they think $40 a night is CHEAP? My word! Today, they are called "sober living houses", and they offer a tremendous return on your investment, if you know what you are doing. really poor people live in old vans, dudes. Pay no rent or utilities, and don't commute far to work, either. get around on a scooter or bicycle. Move the van morning and evening, to avoid trouble.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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The boarding house may be an answer to the problem of McMansions - when no one wants them anymore and the people who live in them no longer need all that space nor can afford to heat and cool it.

Chopping them up into tenements won't really work - but allowing people to use them as boarding homes or rooming homes could benefit the neighborhoods by preventing a whole series of derelict homes and providing income for increasingly isolated seniors.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:22 AM
 
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The boarding house may be an answer to the problem of McMansions - when no one wants them anymore and the people who live in them no longer need all that space nor can afford to heat and cool it.

Chopping them up into tenements won't really work - but allowing people to use them as boarding homes or rooming homes could benefit the neighborhoods by preventing a whole series of derelict homes and providing income for increasingly isolated seniors.
Ah why? If they are in an area with bad transit(exburbs often) then using them as boarding homes does not make much sense. The ones that can not provide a value will simply be torn down like any other housing. There will always be demand for big housing, a few large families or people looking for more room.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:48 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Ah why? If they are in an area with bad transit(exburbs often) then using them as boarding homes does not make much sense. The ones that can not provide a value will simply be torn down like any other housing. There will always be demand for big housing, a few large families or people looking for more room.
Don't be so sure.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/us...anted=all&_r=0
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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That's pretty funny, but it's a special case (college town), and if you read the article you know the area does in fact have transit for the university, which makes sense for students.

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Ms. Wooten related a cautionary tale about four students living in a house foreclosed by a bank who continued to send rent checks to an owner who had skipped town. When the bank gave them two weeks’ notice to move out, the students went into Erin Brockovich mode and researched their legal rights. “It bought them at least three months,” Ms. Wooten said. “By golly, they’re still there.”
Who is that supposed to be "cautionary" for? The owner? He skipped town with the rent, he did OK. The students? They're still there. The bank? Who cares?

You'd expect that the locals would be complaining about the noise and disruption having students live there are, but the only local quoted is just bitter about his high mortgage.
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