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Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States
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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Brookings Institution Press
(first published September 1997)
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This was a brilliant little introduction to gated communities in the United States. Written over ten years ago it is clearly out of date, but gives a very good sense of the growing number and diversity of such communities, and the feelings of many people within them. I found that quite tragic really, though I already knew there was a whole lot of scared white folks out there, never mind the ones who find gates prestigious and proof they've arrived, and the others obsessed with their property val ...more