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  •  I'm not crazy about gated communities, but (6+ / 0-)

    this is another generalization. My friends live in a gated community on a hillside. They hate the gate but love the view and peace. The community is between two commuter roads so the city required gates because people would use the community road as a cut through. It is a narrow winding road on a hill and idiots cutting through at 30+ mph would be a danger.

    I lived with them for a while and was never hassled as a black woman, though I'm sure some thought I was a maid or a nanny! As the county is a Republican enclave, another thing my friends regret, that would suggest there is a lack of ethnic enlightenment for some, but I would use the word snob before racist.

    I used to be annoyed that they paid more attention to what vehicles people had more than anything else. They got approving comments when my friends replaced their 10+ year old cars. I'm sure neighbors were pleased when I left with my old decent but hardly pristine compact. But I'd much rather have a community of Romneys than a community of suspicious and fearful Santorums and Dirty Harry wannabees. With the former your odds are so much better that you will live another day to fight the progressive battle.

    •  Study more sociology and urban planning... (0+ / 0-)

      What Salo said is backed up by statistical evidence. Gated communities were the developer response to shall we say 'prejudiced' buyers. The same sort of people who fight tooth and nail to make sure that mass transit is never near them.

      "We see things not as they are, but as we are." - John Milton

      by Jasonhouse on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 04:21:19 PM PDT

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      •  Excuse me? (0+ / 0-)

        You seem to be implying I'm lying about a place I lived for two years and visit several times a year.

        I suggested that the original poster be careful about generalizations.

        Please provide the reference information for any study that demonstrates a sociological phenomenon has only one explanation for 100% of cases.

        •  ? It's not a generalization to characterize... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...widespread trends within the real estate industry based on buyer sentiments.

          Just as you suggest that people don't generalize, I suggest that you don't focus on exceptions to the norm and then act as if that exception is the norm.

          Whether you have personally known people who bought in gated communities to 'be segregated' from everyone  else is immaterial. It is a verifiable fact that gated communities became a marketing tool with developers because there was a demand among buyers to be segregated from the rest of society. It shouldn't take citing a study to figure this out (sorry don't have ability to dig at work anyways). "White flight" is very real, and still occurs to this day. Gated communities are a developer response to demand in the marketplace.

          "We see things not as they are, but as we are." - John Milton

          by Jasonhouse on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 06:06:53 AM PDT

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