Privatopia

Privatopia Author Evan McKenzie
ISBN-10 0300066384
Year 1994
Pages 237
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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This book is the first comprehensive study of the political and social issues posed by the rise of common-interest housing developments and their private governments. Tracing the history of this type of housing from the nineteenth century to the present, McKenzie highlights the important but little-understood role public policy has played in advancing this large-scale 'privatization for the few', and he concludes by considering the implications for civil liberties and for politics at all levels of government.

Beyond Privatopia

Beyond Privatopia Author Evan McKenzie
ISBN-10 0877667691
Year 2011
Pages 147
Language en
Publisher Urban Inst Press
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The rise of residential private governance may be the most extensive and dramatic privatization of public life in U.S. history. Private communities, often called common interest developments, are now home to almost one-fifth of the U.S. population--indeed, many localities have mandated that all new development be encompassed in a CID. The ubiquity of private communities has changed the nature of local governance. Residents may like closer control of neighborhood services but may also find themselves contending with intrusions an elected government would not be allowed to make, like a ban on pets or yard decorations. And if things go wrong, the contracts residents must sign to purchase within the community give them little legal recourse. In Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government, attorney and political science scholar Evan McKenzie explores emerging trends in private governments and competing schools of thought on how to operate them, from state oversight to laissez-faire libertarianism.

Private Cities

Private Cities Author Georg Glasze
ISBN-10 9781134294466
Year 2004-08-02
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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For the antagonist, private communities are icons of post-consensus, fragmenting civic society, enclosing and excluding by contractual constitution and sometimes by walls and gates. For others they are simply an efficient new way of organizing urban life. Contributed to, and edited by, an international team of leading authors, this revealing book constructs an interdisciplinary discourse on the global spread of private communities based upon empirical evidence. Case studies from the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and China are used to explore local and global explanations of the phenomenon. Taking an institutionalist approach, this informative textbook for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers alike, develops a model in which cities are shaped by the interplay of local and global processes, and evolve at the interface of spontaneous and planned order. It draws together the various themes, propositions and hypotheses in a way that clarifies the questions by different social science perspectives and that poses researchable questions and new agendas.

Homeowner Associations

Homeowner Associations Author Joni Greenwalt
ISBN-10 096591660X
Year 1998-02-01
Pages 202
Language en
Publisher
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Do you thrive or barely survive in a community governed by an association? With humor and down-to-earth facts, this guide offers real-life scenarios and solutions.

Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government

Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government Author Robert Henry Nelson
ISBN-10 0877667519
Year 2005
Pages 469
Language en
Publisher The Urban Insitute
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In recent years, private neighborhood associations ("community associations") have become an important part of local government. From 1980 to 2000, half the new housing in the United States was built in a development project governed by a neighborhood association. More than 50 million Americans now live in these associations. In Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government, Robert Nelson reviews the history of neighborhood associations, explains the reasons for their recent explosive growth, and speculates on their future role in American society. The book examines the political and economic consequences of this basic change in the manner of American governance at the local level. Unlike many previous studies, Nelson takes on the whole a positive view. Neighborhood associations are providing controls over the neighborhood environment desired by the residents, providing high quality common services, and helping to promote a stronger sense of neighborhood community. Yet, significant operating problems are being experienced in many associations. Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government proposes a set of new options for improving the future governance of neighborhood associations. This book provides the most comprehensive report to date on the rise of the neighborhood association as a significant new governing institution in American life.

Word Spy

Word Spy Author Paul McFedries
ISBN-10 076791466X
Year 2004
Pages 419
Language en
Publisher Broadway
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Looks at the profusion of new words that have come into the English language, presenting a view of the cultural and social implications of language developments in the fields of business, technology, multiculturalism, fast foods, relationships, and curren

Brave New Neighborhoods

Brave New Neighborhoods Author Margaret Kohn
ISBN-10 0415944635
Year 2004
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Psychology Press
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Fighting for First Amendment rights is as popular a pastime as ever, but just because you can get on your soapbox doesn't mean anyone will be there to listen. Town squares have emptied out as shoppers decamp for the megamalls; gated communities keep pesky signature gathering activists away; even most internet chatrooms are run by the major media companies. Brave New Neighborhood sconsiders what can be done to protect and revitalize our public spaces.

Fortress America

Fortress America Author Edward J. Blakely
ISBN-10 0815791070
Year 1997-09-01
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Brookings Institution Press
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Gated communities are a new "hot button" in many North American cities. From Boston to Los Angeles and from Miami to Toronto citizens are taking sides in the debate over whether any neighborhood should be walled and gated, preventing intrusion or inspection by outsiders. This debate has intensified since the hard cover edition of this book was published in 1997. Since then the number of gated communities has risen dramatically. In fact, new homes in over 40 percent of planned developments are gated n the West, the South, and southeastern parts of the United States. Opposition to this phenomenon is growing too. In the small and relatively homogenous town of Worcester, Massachusetts, a band of college students from Brown University and the University of Chicago picketed the Wexford Village in November of 1998 waving placards that read "Gates Divide." These students are symbolic of a much larger wave of citizens asking questions about the need for and the social values of gates that divide one portion of a community from another.