Evan McKenzie on the rise of private urban governance and the law of homeowner and condominium associations. Visit evanmckenzie.wikispaces.com for my published articles and services.
A few thoughts here. First of all, I think it makes sense to preserve public amenities. Well maintained recreational amenities contribute to better public health, not just property values. But part of the reason there is limited support for public amenities is because there are so many private association-governed communities focused inward politically, They may have their own trails and pools and sports facilities, and so owners think “why should I support the public amenities I don’t use?” Ironicially, few regularly use their CID or HOA amenities. I tend to agree with the writer of this op-ed. It makes no sense to throw good money after bad, whether its for city neighborhoods with severe levels of crime and decay OR a hopelessly broken and dystunctional condo or homeowners’ association. Instead, use funds to assist residents in relocating to better neighborhoods, safer housing, where investments are being made. Much of the time, the distressed community happens to be poorly located — it’s in a flood zone, close to a landfill or indsutrial area, bisected by the interstate highway, an airport, etc.
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