By Steve Boudreault, Buildium, Boston, MA
It’s about time that Buildium’s top wordsmith started writing blogs for All Things Property Management. So here I am and here we go!
I’m going to use my first ATPM blog to connect property management to my number-one passion: Star Trek. Specifically, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9).
Deep Space Nine focused on the space station of the same name, in orbit around a planet called Bajor. Originally an outpost of the evil Cardassians, it was built using Bajoran slave labor during The Occupation, which lasted nearly 50 years. When the Bajorans finally ousted the Cardassians, Starfleet sent officers to take over administration of the station, and try to help Bajor and the Bajorans get back on their feet.
The wrinkle comes in with the discovery of a stable wormhole that connects the area of space right around Bajor to the distant and completely unexplored Gamma Quadrant. Now instead of being at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in space, Deep Space Nine is at the crossroads of a major interstellar highway. That’s progress for you.
So what connections does Deep Space Nine herself have to property management? I’m glad you asked:
Though fictional, DS9 dealt with many of the same issues that today’s property managers deal with. And though the writers were probably blissfully unaware, they taught us a thing or two about cooperation and compromise when it comes to running a property. Hopefully we can all take something away from it.
But only if we all watch it.