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View Poll Results: Would you live in a gated community?
Yes, if I could afford it. 89 35.04%
No, I like traditional neighborhoods. 140 55.12%
I'm not sure.. 25 9.84%
Voters: 254. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-09-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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That should have been $52/month. OK my New Year's resolution really HAS to be to type more slowly. I keep dropping off words. Sometimes imprtant words.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:33 AM
 
Location: southern california
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i would not. they give a false sense of security. just lost 2 young friends, they were brother and sister, murdered in their own place. easy to get in a gated community, many are built in marginal areas but are hyped as "safe" bek they have security.
not so.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:42 AM
 
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I'm lazy and like convenience. Gated communities have advantages and disadvantages. It's generally pretty safe for the kids to play. Since everyone everywhere complains of traffic, I can only assume the entire US population drive like knobs. My travels tend to confirm the theory. In my neighborhood, there are no gates but people tend to use residential neighborhoods as freeways and drive way too fast. This is a problem in all city neighborhoods from what I'm hearing. I'm actually more afraid my kid will be hit by a car than I am of exposure to crime. Gated communities take that worry away. Other than that, I can't see any advantage. Most traditional neighborhoods are fairly safe crime-wise and are generally more convenient. Gated communities may have a private park to play in but they don't have things like hardware stores. They tend to be far from where anyone works. About the only people who work in gated communities are the security personnel and odds are that they don't live nearby. It seems sort of insane to me. To me, gated communities are just too much of a pain.
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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I live in a guard gated community. I really could care less either way. At times I feel gated neighborhoods in Mission Viejo is one of the dumbest things since it was ranked one of the safest cities in the nation. I mean, who are we seriously trying to keep out, maybe its those crazy driving soccer moms? Well, I bought in the neighborhood because it was the house we wanted, not the gate. In general I never notice the association. I like how clean the streets are and stuff, but I would just as well live outside of the gate also.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:39 PM
 
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I'm not even sure that I've ever seen a gated community, with the exception of some primarily elderly neighbourhoods in Florida...

Are there any gated communities in New Hampshire? I've never heard of such a thing, and I've never seen one anywhere in New England...

But to answer the question, there's no way I'd ever live in one.
Not too many up in the North. Gated communities tend are much more popular in the Sunbelt, where communities tend to be more "third-worldish"--large disparities between the haves and have-nots, social distinctions are given greater importance among the people, and greater crime rates exist. I'm thinking gated communities probably originated in third-world countries, e.g., South Africa, South America.

Not my cup of tea, either.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:49 PM
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Yeah, I don't think I've ever been in one either.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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"I mean, who are we seriously trying to keep out, maybe its those crazy driving soccer moms?"

Great line! Definitely deserves a rep point.
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Old 12-09-2007, 02:07 PM
 
Location: the best coast
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Gated Communities mean different things in different area's. Where i grew up in Pleasanton, Ca if you lived in a gated community it meant you had some real money. some times its just a sign of prestige, a gated community with a golf course. other times a gate can really mean secruity. For example in the city of stockton, ca you can move into a gated community with homes going for 400,000$. middle and upper middle class people that need to live in stockton for what ever reason need this gate and private security to keep out issues such as gang violence, car thefts, home invasions, etc.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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Gated Communities mean different things in different area's. Where i grew up in Pleasanton, Ca if you lived in a gated community it meant you had some real money. some times its just a sign of prestige, a gated community with a golf course. other times a gate can really mean secruity. For example in the city of stockton, ca you can move into a gated community with homes going for 400,000$. middle and upper middle class people that need to live in stockton for what ever reason need this gate and private security to keep out issues such as gang violence, car thefts, home invasions, etc.
Well, we have gang violence, car thefts and home invasions here in the Twin Cities, but we don't need no stinkin' gates!
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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I live in a gated community, and I LOVE it. Keeps the undesireables out and the sense of community in.
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