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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.
 
As more and more housing projects are swallowed up and controlled by the insatiable monsters known collectively as community associations, whether they are HOAs, condos, coops or some other form of mandatory membership association, the "isolated incidents" don't seem quite so isolated any more.   It is common knowledge that because of these associations American homeowners have lost property rights and significant sovereignty over their own homes and lives.  Although far greater in sheer number, the owners appear to lose more ground every year.  But does it have to be that way?  While the balance of power is shifted away from the individual, is there a window of opportunity to tame the monster and return to living in communities instead of projects?
 
On The Commons this week we are joined by Professor Evan McKenzie. Professor McKenzie is the author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government.  He teaches  Political Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and HOA law at  the John Marshall School of Law.  He is a practicing attorney, owns and maintains an active and lively blog on HOAs and other topics of interest at http://privatopia.blogspot.com , a single dad of active teenagers and someone who always finds time to join us On The Commons.   Please join us On The Commons this Saturday, July 11, 2009.  We'll talk about licensing laws for HOA managers that seem to be creeping across the country and we'll also discuss "windows of opportunity" and find out if there will be a sequel to Privatopia.  As always, you won't want to miss it.   Listen to Evan Mckenzie   

 


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Comment by GUEST on 2009-07-13 16:19:33
The take away I got from this interview is that taxpayers/property owners may soon revolt against the economic burdens being imposed on them by local governments via mandated privatized local government/taxation schemes (i.e. planned unit developments governed by private corporate homeowner associations), increased property taxes and various new creative sources of fee revenue.  
 
I agree with Evan McKenzie re the historical context that this second revolution is in response to state and local government efforts to backfill revenues in response to the first local tax revolt that began 30 years ago starting with California's Prop. 13. 
 
However McKenzie too narrowly frames this as a "homeowners revolt." It's actually a taxpayer revolt and it will manifest locally and not through a national "homeowners group" whose creation he urges.  
 
Fred Pilot

Comment by GUEST on 2009-07-13 16:19:53
The take away I got from this interview is that taxpayers/property owners may soon revolt against the economic burdens being imposed on them by local governments via mandated privatized local government/taxation schemes (i.e. planned unit developments governed by private corporate homeowner associations), increased property taxes and various new creative sources of fee revenue.  
 
I agree with Evan McKenzie re the historical context that this second revolution is in response to state and local government efforts to backfill revenues in response to the first local tax revolt that began 30 years ago starting with California's Prop. 13. 
 
However McKenzie too narrowly frames this as a "homeowners revolt." It's actually a taxpayer revolt and it will manifest locally and not through a national "homeowners group" whose creation he urges.  
 
Fred Pilot
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