As I may have suggested in previous posts, maintenance isn't a priority here. Once the shiny new structure, or roadwork project, or playground equipment is put up, not much thought is given to keeping it in good condition. Keeping that in mind, my apartment building is one of the oldest buildings in the area, about 25 years old I'm guessing. It's not falling apart by any means, but there are small maintenance issues like a sagging ceiling in the hallway or our toilet tank leaking into the apartment below us.
One such issue that has been going on so long that I hardly notice it anymore is the filthy windows. As you can see from the first picture, they are pretty thick with grime. This has been the view from our apartment since we moved in last August. About two weeks ago, one of my co-workers that lives in the same building as us told me that she pays one of the watchmen in our building 50 dirhams to go out on the ledge and wash the windows for her. I was tempted to find out more but never got around to it. My hesitation wasn't in paying the money, it was in paying someone the equivalent of US$13 to risk their life in a way I wouldn't so I can have a better view.
However, this past week, my moral dilemma was solved when the building management finally brought in a company to clean the windows. As you can see from the after picture, it's a big difference. Though, if they're only going to do it once a year, I might have to overcome my squeamishness and pay the guy to go out on the ledge and clean my windows eventually.