Well, at least now when all you country folk start going on about the, ah, "differences" of city folk, we have some ammunition to fight back with! :)
And, yes Kathy, I have seen the light.
I keep a hive in the city and they are happy and healthy and the gentlest bees you can find. I imagine that if they ever become africanized I would manage them the same way a "country" beekeeper would, just like I manage for SHB and swarms and mites the same way they do. . . Managing a hive is managing a hive regardless of where it is located.
"While it is true that Africanized honey bees are highly defensive insects, the threat they pose to human populations has been exaggerated. "
"There are now relatively stable geographic zones in which either Africanized bees dominate, a mix of Africanized and European bees is present, or only non-Africanized bees are found (as in southern South America or northern North America)."
From material already posted in this thread, and found elsewhere on the net, Africanized bees, while a beekeeping issue, are already becoming normalized and lessening as a threat. As long as beekeepers manage responsibly, in the country or the city, they are an issue that can be minimized and controled to the same extent as other beekeeping problems.
I think hives on top of a building are a great idea, as long as someone is responsible for them. Whether the building management sets up a relationship with a beekeeper or with a resident of the building, or a coop, or a neighbor, who knows. The finances could certainly be negotiated between the interested parties. Keep up the good work and good luck!
edit: I obviously don't know how to use the quote thing yet! :) Maybe I did just fall off the turnip truck . . . lol