Adventures In America's Retirement Utopias

Book - 2008
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When his next-door neighbors in a quaint New England town suddenly pick up and move to a gated retirement community in Florida, Andrew D. Blechman is astonished by their stories. Larger than Manhattan, with a golf course for every day of the month, two downtowns, its own newspaper, radio, and TV stations, The Villages is a city of nearly one hundred thousand (and growing), missing only one thing: children. More than twelve million people will soon live in these communities, and to get to the bottom of the trend, Blechman delves into life in the senior utopia. He offers a hilarious first-hand report on all its peculiarities, from ersatz nostalgia and golf-cart mania to manufactured history and the residents' surprisingly active sex life, and introduces us to dozens of outrageous characters. Leisureville is also a serious look at a major and underreported trend, only to get bigger as the baby boomers retire. Blechman travels to Arizona to show what has happened after decades of segregation. He investigates the government of these "instant" cities, attends a builder's conference, speaks with housing experts, and examines the implications of millions of Americans dropping out of society and closing the gates on kids.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871139818
Branch Call Number: 306.38
Characteristics: 244 pages ;,24 cm


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Jun 06, 2016

When Andrew Blechman's neighbors suddenly pack up and move from a quaint New England village to a gated retirement community in Florida, he's startled and dismayed. He also realizes that his small community is losing a couple that was actively involved in civic life. When Blechman receives an invitation to spend a month in the Villages, he leaps at the chance to see what attracted his former neighbors to Florida. That visit results in a book that explores the phenomenon of gated retirement communities, primarily in Florida and Arizona, that appear ideal on the surface. As the author's research exposes the not-so-good underbelly of this social trend, he makes some startlingly conclusions. This books provides some interesting insights into this demographic's mindset.


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