Condominiums, co ops, planned unit developments of single family homes these and other forms of common interest housing developments CIDs have become a familiar sight in America Currently there are approximately 130,000 of these developments, housing some 30 million people Residents are required to belong to homeowner associations, pay monthly fees, and live under the rule of residential private governments These governments perform functions for their residents that were once the province of local government, providing, for example, police protection, trash collection, street maintenance, and lighting They also place restrictions on ownership of property and enforce rigid and often repressive codes of conduct governing the most private aspects of residents lives.This book is the first comprehensive study of the political and social issues posed by the rise of CIDs Evan McKenzie shows how the developments diminish residents sense of responsibility for the city as a whole by making them reluctant to pay taxes for the same public services that their fees provide McKenzie also shows that the private governments of CIDs depart from accepted notions of liberal democracy, promoting a unique and limited version of citizenship that has serious implications for civil liberties He argues that the spread of CID housing has important consequences for politics at all levels of government, because CID advocates now constitute a significant force in interest group politics in many states, often organizing to demand tax breaks or credits for CID residents Tracing the history of CID housing from the nineteenth century to the present, he 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 urban politics....
|Title||:||Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press February 21, 1996|
|Number of Pages||:||254 pages|
|File Size||:||891 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government Reviews
I actually read Beyond Privatopia first, but this book provides the foundation. Privatopia provides the reader with a thorough understanding of why and how HOAs came to exist and proliferate. I am also a FORMER HOA owner. Had I read this book before buying, I would have saved myself thousands of dollars and 4 years of aggravation.
Having been subjected to several different HOAs in my home-owning life, I thought this would be an interesting look at the history of planned communities. Unfortunately, this is more like a comprehensive textbook for a college course than an informative read for homeowners. Yes, this author absolutely covers a lot of historical and legal ground in regard to HOAs, but the presentation is way too dry for casual reading.
This should be required reading for anyone who plans to purchase a home in a "planned community" subject to Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R's).
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I reviewed this book many years ago when I bought it in the 1990's. My review is gone so I am now adding a new review. I love this book for what it brought to my understanding of home ownership and private governance. I ran into problems when I was buying a home in the early 1990s; I wanted to line dry my clothes and fence in my yard for my dogs. I was not going to be allowed to do that at most of the houses I was shown. Finally I bought an older home in a small town that had no HOA. Best move ever.
If you want to know how the Community Associations Institute got control over 325,000 Homeowner Associations with 64,000,000 residents and
This is a fascinating book for a narrowly targeted audience. If you are engaged in any way in the governance of a homeowner association either as property manager, lawyer, or board member, this book is most interesting.