Parking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the biggest problems created by short-sighted planning in common interest communities is the scarcity of parking space. For example, in Kings Lake subdivision, Hillsborough County, Florida, driveway space is limited and streets are somewhat narrow. If your household uses the garage for storage, and the driveway only …

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Condo and homeowner associations losing popularity with today’s buyers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several weeks ago, Shu Bartholomew and I discussed On the Commons the changes taking place in the market for association-governed housing. There are some good reasons why home buyers have become less than enchanted with common interest development in general. The prevalence of community conflict and unpredictable financial risks are …

Conservative talk show host threatens to “torpedo a lawsuit” against his HOA

Mark Levin fed up, suggests national movement against Homeowner associations By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesA reader alerted me to the fact that conservative radio talk show host, Mark Levin, admitted on air that he’s fed up with his HOA. Whether you agree with Mr. Levin’s partisan politics or not, you need to listen to …

Will building more housing, more densely actually make housing more affordable?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to an article in the New York Times, the only way to solve the housing affordability crisis is to build more houses on smaller lots. It's a common battle cry among some urban development professionals and academic leaders. In fact, some proponents of housing density go so …

Developers push for density in new California housing development

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Developers and local housing planners often choose to promote a proposed planned community, by contacting local media. The result is news/press release articles like the following example describing a proposed housing project for southern California, outside of Old Town Temecula. Should proposed Altair housing project near Old Town Temecula …

The war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I can remember the neighborhood of my childhood at Christmastime. Almost every house on my block was decorated with colored lights, wreaths, candles in the windows, light-up Santa and snowman figures, and Nativity scenes. Neighbors who celebrated Hanukkah would place a Menorah in one of their windows, and …

IN Judge rules in favor of HOA, says City of Charlestown’s fines are unconstitutional

Judge agrees with HOA’s complaint that City of Charlestown acting in collusion with private developer   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I have been following reports from Charlestown, Indiana, for more than three years. That’s how long Mayor Bob Hall has been working on his grand redevelopment plan for the city. It all …

Archive: Charlestown, Indiana and eminent domain

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Archived posts from Neighbors at War blog (Ward Lucas)   Indiana Residents Fighting Eminent Domain for Private Development Originally posted on Neighborsatwar.com October 31, 2014, guest blog by Deborah Goonan I follow Institute for Justice on social media. See the link below for their recent press release about the Pleasant …

HOA President in Wyoming arrested for violent attack of resident

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Three recent reports detail the arrest of Indian Springs HOA President, Wade C. Miller, who allegedly admitted to aggressively attacking a resident on Okeepa Road in Casper, Wyoming. According to reports, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) responded to a report of the assault on November 25. The unnamed …