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The Resource Fortress America : gated communities in the United States, Edward J. Blakely and Mary Gail Snyder

Fortress America : gated communities in the United States, Edward J. Blakely and Mary Gail Snyder

Label
Fortress America : gated communities in the United States
Title
Fortress America
Title remainder
gated communities in the United States
Statement of responsibility
Edward J. Blakely and Mary Gail Snyder
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
All across the nation, Americans are forting up - retreating from their neighbors by locking themselves behind security-controlled walls, gates, and barriers. An estimated 8 million Americans live in gated communities today. These communities are most popular in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Miami. This trend has become popular in both new suburban developments and older inner-city areas as residents seek refuge from the problems of urbanization. But what does it mean for the nation? Fortress America is the first sweeping study of the development and social impact of this rapidly growing phenomenon. While early gated communities were restricted to retirement villages and the compounds of the super-rich, today the majority are for the middle to upper-middle class. But even existing modest-income neighborhoods are using barricades and gates to seal themselves off. The book looks at the three main categories of gated communities and the reasons for their popularity: lifestyle communities, including retirement communities, golf and country club leisure developments, and suburban new towns; prestige communities, including enclaves of the rich and famous, developments for high-level professionals, and executive home developments for the middle class, where the gates symbolize distinction and stature; and security zones, where fear of crime and outsiders is the main motivation for fortifications. They argue that gating does nothing to address the problems it is a response to. They propose alternatives, such as emphasizing crime prevention, controlling traffic in neighborhoods, designing new developments to encourage sustainable communities, and creating metropolitan regional planning governance
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blakely, Edward J.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Snyder, Mary Gail
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gated communities
  • Community life
Label
Fortress America : gated communities in the United States, Edward J. Blakely and Mary Gail Snyder
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 194-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Forting up -- The search for community -- Gates to paradise : lifestyle communities -- I have a dream : the prestige communities -- Enclaves of fear : security zone communities -- You can run, but you can't hide -- Not-so-brave world -- Building better communities
Control code
ocm37379822
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 209 p.
Isbn
9780815710028
Lccn
97021231
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Fortress America : gated communities in the United States, Edward J. Blakely and Mary Gail Snyder
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 194-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Forting up -- The search for community -- Gates to paradise : lifestyle communities -- I have a dream : the prestige communities -- Enclaves of fear : security zone communities -- You can run, but you can't hide -- Not-so-brave world -- Building better communities
Control code
ocm37379822
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 209 p.
Isbn
9780815710028
Lccn
97021231
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps

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