I was in Spore last week. I was amazed by how they could maintain their flats so well. Their HDBs (i'm not talking about the private development there) are well-maintained like our high end condos here. The paint of the building, the cleanliness in the surrounding areas, the lift, the walk way .... all is good. U can hardly see in the outer wall, water leaking patches due to poor workmanship. Even though the y have shops/eateries on the ground floor you don't see rubbish everywhere. Why the difference? Incompetent management here? the attitude and behavior of the occupants? Money factor - non payment of monthly maintenance fee? "Leakages" in the fund collected? Government failure in ensuring rules and regulations are follow? etc etc etc.