Re: City Bees - pros/cons?
Pro is longer nectar season because of watered flowers and daily access to monitor.
Negatives are aggresive bees after an inspection(mid summer to fall), bothering swimming pools for water, swarming and where does swarm go to, vandalism.
Suggest placing a water supply out, taking extra precaution against swarming such as 7-10 day inspections and providing space, checkerboarding and ventilation and removing excess brood to NUCs(providing brood space) and placing hives in a residents fenced(6 ft wood fence) back yard, bee hive away from property lines and entrance on opposite side of hive to fence, bottom entrances or entrances just above brood( there can be a lot of irate bees in the air when inspecting a hive with a top entrance).
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!