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Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

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Gated Communities as Public Entities identifies these organizations as phenomena of recent land development practices. The topics discussed include the history of private dwelling associations, the makeup of these organizations, and the parallels between them and their larger, public counterparts. Specific areas such as taxes, infrastructure, codes covenants and restrictions, and law enforcement are discussed in detail. Gated Communities have become a large part of the available housing choices for many homebuyers. Approximately one-third of the homes constructed today are part of private associations created as various forms of private corporations. The laws related to the creation of private corporations vary extensively from state to state. The states of Nevada and California are emphasized but are not necessarily typical. The state legislature in Nevada is now looking over the walls into private communities and they are becoming less and less private. Social aspects of living behind gates are discussed. There are reasons for secluding ourselves from others, but the most common reason given is security. In other words, fear of our neighbors. Among the social issues related to gated communities are the effects on the children who grow up in them. There is only speculation at this time since the high-density, low-cost, common interest developments that appear to be affecting them are relatively new in concept. McKenzie refers to children in common interest developments when he says, “…different lessons are being learned and the generations of children are “going to school” on the streets of a new kind of city.” Since this is an early writing on the subject, the results of what has been observed in modern common interest development will only be determined over time.


Gated communities; Homeowners' associations


Place and Environment | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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