Most of the jobs I do are actually in the suburbs, or close enough that we’ll count it as suburbia.
When I get jobs in the actual downtown city area, I always run into a problem. Parts and materials. That is, there’s nowhere to buy parts or materials.
Sometimes you know the parts and materials that you will need before even heading to a job site. But sometimes when you show up, surprise!, you need some drywall mud. And you don’t have any drywall mud.
That’s not a problem in suburbia. You just hop in the truck and head to the nearest of a million hardware stores.
But in the city – when was the last time you were in the ritzy shopping district, corporate building maze, or condo hive of a city and found a hardware store? Exactly, never.
Anytime I do work in the city and need to leave the site to buy materials, like drywall mud last week, it sucks. It’s a long drive out to find a hardware store, while the clock is ticking and the client wants the work finished!
I eventually got the drywall mud last week and got back to the yuppie, upscale shopping mall in the city, but man, it took forever.
Get some hardware stores, cities!