Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations (HOAs), the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.
This Week’s Show – Bill Davis
The special interests have a way of convincing us to embrace something that is so horribly wrong and really bad for us. One of those trends happens to be something called “new urbanism.” The idea is that the suburbs are bad and contribute to sprawl, and to be good citizens, we all need to abandon our desire for space and ownership.
To sell us this concept, in addition to using blatant brainwashing tactics, pretty words and terms are liberally used to describe new urbanism. Words and phrases like—smart growth—walkable communities—pedestrian friendly communities. Don’t those words conjure up warm and fuzzy images of happy places?
Developers, municipal governments and other interested groups and agencies would like to take us back to “the good old days.” Back to the days before Americans fled crowded and congested urban centers in search of space and the ability to provide healthier lives for our kids.
Bill Davis joins us On The Commons. Bill, a Texas attorney, is well versed in all things HOA. Having been on the front lines of defending his property and himself from all the usual legal and moral problems that define communal living, he also is one of a handful of attorneys who will represent homeowners against their residential associations.
We talk about the time when Americans migrated to the suburbs in search of what many refer to as the “American dream.” Along the way, they encountered the concept of corporate housing with forced membership and all the inherent problems and horrors associated with it. Join us as we take a look back in time, look at the pictures, and ask yourselves, notwithstanding all the pretty words, if this is really what you want.
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