Your Own Privatopia

Attorney Evan McKenzie explores the world of homeowners' associations and common interest developments, which he says are creating an unfortunate layer of private government over unsuspecting homeowners.

Doris S. Goldstein reviews McKenzie's new book, . She says that McKenzie is so strongly against these common interest developments (CIDs) that he appears to be against density on the whole:

"Rarely does McKenzie recognize that CIDs vary tremendously in size and responsibility, nor does he acknowledge that as the institution spread, CIDs encompassed large-lot communities -gated or not - that exacerbated the problem of sprawl."

"McKenzie sets up, and knocks down, several academic arguments for the proliferation of private governments, including neoclassical economics and libertarianism, both of which rely on consumers' free choice."

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