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Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation. 
Over the past four decades property ownership has changed - and not necessarily for the better.  In the old days one's home was considered one's castle and came complete with all the inherent rights of ownership.  The owner was free to live in relative peace and quiet.  But those days are long gone.  In today's brave new world folks live in "units" where all the decisions pertaining to their house and a portion of their private lives is made by other people.  The owners in many homeowner associations are not free to exercise their right to choose the plants in the yard,  the color on the house or the type of window treatments.  Even such things as garden hoses, mulch and plants must be "approved".  Some people think it is OK to live like that.
But not everyone......
Homeowners across the country are fighting to regain control over their own lives and their own homes.  Many homeowners have become involved with in the legislative process and some grass roots organizations have hosted conferences - for the homeowners.  On October 11, 2008 Texas homeowners from all over the state met in Houston to talk about their homes, their rights and their lives.  Despite the fact that hurricane Ike had knocked out power lines, collapsed houses, punctured holes in roofs, uprooted trees and otherwise disrupted lives leaving many without electricity and internet connectivity for several weeks, the Texas folks still managed to get together and talk about their problems and how they wanted to have them solved. 
On the Commons today we will drop in for a little while and eavesdrop on some of the conversations that took place.  We'll hear about a partial list of the issues homeowners all over the country face and listen to some of the ideas they have of how to fix things.  Please join us On The Commons this Saturday, October 18, 2008. 
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User Comments

Comment by GUEST on 2008-10-26 07:25:55
The whole conference was about hearing from the home and condo owners. Ideas for a legislative agenda were talked about, anyone and everyone who had something to say or wanted to talk was given the opportunity to be heard.  
Beanie had been a guest on a local radio show where she talked about the conference and several people attended after having heard her talk about it. They were all welcomed warmly and all got a chance to tell their stories and talk about what they wanted to see done to protect their rights and their propoerty. 
While the hosts of the conference had a list of approximately 20 items they put on the table for discussion purposes at the opening of the conference, those in attendance added to that list as the day went on and we heard from those there. There was never any attempt by anyone to silence the participants or push any kind of agenda. 
I know, I WAS there. 
We will have more clips from the conference in the coming weeks and months.  
Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment on the show. I hope you will reconsider your decision to stay away if there is a next time. It is important for all voices to be heard. 
Shu Bartholomew

Comment by GUEST on 2008-10-24 18:33:44
Chancing on attending or not to attend over the last few months, we chose NOT to. 
As expected, the Houston conference was a tremendous disappointment. 
Beforehand, it was obvious the director accountability and choice issues would not be addressed by Beanie, David, or even allowed to be brought forth by anyone for legislation. Neither was a speech on these truly violating areas considered by the bias conference creators.  
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