Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of by Setha Low

By Setha Low

Within the final 20 years, hundreds of thousands upon millions of the higher and center periods have retreated into gated groups. In 2002, it really is expected that one in 8 americans will reside in those unique neighbourhoods. What has sparked this alarming development? at the back of the Gates is Setha Low's revealing account of what existence is like within those suburban fortresses. After years studying and interviewing households in ny, manhattan and San Antonio, Texas, Low offers an inside of view of gated groups to assist clarify why humans flee to those enclaves. mom and dad with young children, younger married undefined, "empty-nesters" and retirees exhibit their desire for defense, their mystery fears of a extra ethnically assorted the US, and their wish to recapture the close-knit, picket-fenced groups in their formative years. sarcastically, she exhibits, gated neighbourhoods are actually no more secure than different suburbs, and plenty of who circulation there are disheartened by way of the insularity and restrictive principles of the group.

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Located in Nassau County on Long Island, this mostly white and wealthy development of single, detached houses is situated on an old estate with the original manor house retained as a community center. There is a security guard who controls the entrance gate (photograph 5). 13 The floor plans include three-, four-and five-bedroom homes with a variety of luxury details, including a great room with a fireplace and terrace, atrium foyer, and large walk-in closets. Houses are situated along a winding thoroughfare with deadend streets branching off, leading to groups of houses clustered quite close together on small lots, fifteen feet wide, on a quarter to a third of an acre.

Gaines proposed small lot sizes, close together, but with detached houses. This kind of clustering had previously only been used with townhouses. He wanted to keep most of the land open with no fencing, owned communally through the homeowners association. It was an innovative plan that finally got approval in 1994. ” I ask. “I wanted to design homes on narrow lots with driveways on the side. I think it creates more sociability. I also wanted a textured environment with different colors, shapes, and styles.

Marjory Dressler. Used with permission. Photograph 15. ” Joel Lefkowitz. Used with permission. 52 BEHIND THE GATES we can tease out the differences between gated communities and traditional suburbs in order to understand another aspect of why gating is increasing. CHAPTER 3 Searching for Community There was once a place where neighbours greeted neighbours in the quiet of summer twilight. Where children chased fireflies. And porch swings provided easy refuge from the care of the day. The movie house showed cartoons on Saturday.

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