Why do some people want to live in a gated community, even in places where crime isn’t out of hand?
M-S-H, City : Salt Lake City, State : UT, Country : United States, Social class : Middle, 625
Having grown up in gated neighborhoods, I can tell you why my father chose to live in these places. It’s all about appearances. He wanted the exclusivity. Each time we had a visitor, it was a process just to get them in. That’s hard not to notice, and he is a person obsessed with what others think of him. He grew up poor and that probably has something to do with it. As for many of my neighbors, I typically found they wanted to live there because it’s insulated. There’s a much smaller chance for ‘bad’ people to get in, such as robbers or more violent criminals. Also, they are living among those exactly like them. It’s a way to surround yourself with what’s familiar and not have to experience the ‘real’ world. Furthermore, gated communities are private property. Even the streets are owned by the neighborhood. That means they can control the whole area: the landscaping, the speed limits, and any other nit-picky rules they want to impose on residents in an effort to create their Shangri-La.
Carolyn, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation: Straight, Race : Hispanic/Latino (may be any race), Religion : Atheist, Age : 27, City : Jacksonville, State : FL, Country : United States, Occupation : Scientist, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class