Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
And they are all made out of ticky tacky,
And they all look just the same.
And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes,
And they came out all the same.
Melvina Reynolds’ lyrics, written before ticky tacky little boxes were mass produced, were prophetic. They perfectly capture the sense of soulless little boxes, all the same, all made of ticky tacky. Any attempt to add a little personality or any deviation from the uniformity of the little boxes made of ticky tacky is not tolerated. And so the little boxes just keep multiplying like rabbits.
The latest statistics from the Community Association Institute (CAI) is that 64 million people live in these little boxes and pay 65 BILLION Dollars a year for the privilege. How much of those Billions of dollars goes to pay experts in invention to conjure up reasons for why these little boxes are the preferred way to live? There was a time when people believed it but more and more folks are calling these flights of fantasy, “myths”.
On The Commons with us today is Deborah Goonan. Deborah no longer lives in an involuntary membership association but looks at them from the outside in. She researches them and blogs about them, often pointing out many of the discrepancies and contradictions in the “official” blurbs put out by CAI. Join us as we discuss just 3 of the most often repeated fallacies about HOAs. Myth #1, CAI represents homeowners – Myth #2 HOAs are the purest form of democracy and Myth #3 – Survey says…. homeowners are overwhelmingly happy with their HOAs. Gives one the warm and fuzzies, doesn’t it?
Deborah’s research paper is available Here: Topics to cover with Shu Bartholomew