Post # 17
I grew up in a gated community and now when I go visit my parents I have to use the call box to get into the house. Super annoying when they’re not by their phones to let me in.
Also, the neighborhood is very ‘keeping up with the Jones’ kind of lifestyle’.
Post # 18
We had to stay with someone in a gated community for about a month after a hurricane hit our area. While it was SO nice of them to let us stay, I would never choose to live in a gated community.
There were rules about everything- specific times to put out the garbage, and no one allowed to park on the street-that was completely bizarre to me. People would call and complain if you did!
Post # 19
i’ve lived in a few gated places…. and i’m not a big fan. it gets annoying for guests to have to call or memorize your number to get in. and i just don’t feel like it really helps much, maybe b/c there’s always a door that you can walk through or some other way to get in, so it doesn’t make that much sense.
Post # 20
I live in a gated community and I love it so far. I’m really close to the city so it keeps traffic out, we have a pool, a gym and it’s almost all younger*ish* couples. Sometimes it’s a bit of pain (especially when guests pull up and can’t figure out how to dial in) but it’s nice to have a head’s up when someone arrives.
Post # 21
Another urban planner here to throw in my two cents…
Anytime in my studies and professional career where I’ve come across gated communities, the comments were typically negative. The sense is security is often false. Crime within the community would still exist, not to mention the false sense of security may make families lose touch with what’s going on with their neighbors- In other words, neighbors don’t tend to look our for their neighbors. Also gated communities promote homogenity and lack of diversity. Personally, the thought of raising a child in a community where everyone looks and acts the same is terrifying. And safety-wise, there are concerns of whether emergency personnel will be able to get into the gated community.