Fortress America: gated communities in the United States by Edward James Blakely, Mary Gail Snyder

By Edward James Blakely, Mary Gail Snyder

It is a survey of gated groups within the US and their affects at the societies the place they're positioned. The authors recommend rational, moderate rules for development larger groups with no erecting fortresses. The e-book additionally contains testimony from citizens of such groups.

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In the Lakewood model, the city's role is to be a private association that represents city interests and purchases Page 26 A sign at Laguna Sur, Laguna Niguel, California, announces limited access to public areas. services from private vendors or other local governmentsmuch as homeowner associations already do. Unhappy with public services and unwilling to contribute to a general pool to pay for services city- or countywide, the residents of some gated communities have seceded from the civic order by incorporating.

It sharpens the focus on complex issues: private versus public rights and responsibilities, and the practice of community. Page viii This book is about gated communities and their residentswhat they want, why they choose gates, and what their lives are like behind them. It is also about community and how gating reflects national social goals, norms, and mores. The questions we explore relate to the practice of community in gated areas, the civic and social bonds that people form both inside the gates and beyond them.

31 However, homeowner associations are not as communal or democratic as they might sound. In some, each household, not each adult, gets one vote. In others, the number of votes depends on the value of the properly. In addition, HOAs come with covenants, conditions, and restrictions that impose rules on an astonishing array of things both inside and outside the home. In some instances, private patrols give tickets for parking or speeding violations within the compound. In more intrusive homeowner associations, there are rules governing home furnishing that can be seen from the windows and the hours after which residents may not socialize outside their own houses.

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