NewportBarGuy: buzzcut73: You're helping make his point. Do you know how McMansions built with cheap materials and slapped together in the shortest time possible would fit on just one of those plots? Think of the profits!!/This is how developers thinkDo you know that most of them were abandoned when they invented property taxes? Doris Duke along with the Newport Restoration Foundation and Newport Preservation Society bought/took ownership of lots of houses and the mansions and fixed them up for tours. They are a huge part of our tourism draw. By doing that, they probably prevented a bunch of smaller mini mansions from being built and maintained a tourism draw to help support the local economy. Sure, they can be a pain in the ass about some stuff here and there, but I'm really glad they protect what makes this place function. Well, that and booze and food. That's good too.
NewportBarGuy: ChaosStar: If you want to slow down the economy and infrastructure of an area, put a historic society on it.Wait, what?[i44.tinypic.com image 600x401]"Help! We're homeless and penniless!"I know they can be a pain in the ass, but they really helped create (maintain) this amazing place.
smittyrn: buzzcut73:/why does it always have to be the Germans?I live in Germany for a few years. They don't need a HOA, the local government acts as one. Those little towns are the prettiest, cleanest places I've seen, and it's because laws like you can't have a non-working car out front, you have to cut your grass, you have to wash the OUTSIDE of your windows, and you as a homeowner are even responsible for keeping the gutter in front of your property cleaned. And you can't do any of that on a Sunday.
Mandapants: 2wolves:Do you want to live next to a hoarder who's front and back yard are knee deep on a giraffe filled with trash?Please tell me you were autocorrected by your phone./whose//who's///hoose, eh
ChaosStar: In contrast, in Columbia SC there's a old warehouse that has been used for self storage as long as anyone can remember. It has no real key historic value, it's a wreck inside, a fire hazard, and would cost a small fortune to restore. Instead of letting a contractor buy it to put (badly needed) student housing for USC up, the local historical liberals whined and complained until the city council bought it to the tune of a cool $7mil taxpayer dollars. Those dollars were taken from the city's $42.8 million reserve account used to cover long-term health care benefits for about 2,600 current and future Columbia retirees.
Phil Moskowitz: I always thought of these HOAs as turning your home into a Freedom Gulag. America seems to the the most restricted and monitored "free" place on earth.
Uranus Is Huge!: My experience leads me to believe that HOAs exist to give society's biggest losers the chance to control others.
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