Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Huffington Post and in other national media. Kaid's
Prevention starts with reading the HOA or COA's Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, or CC&Rs. Functions
The Transformative Power of a Vacant Lot: An Interview with The Nature Conservancy's Francesca Gross
FG: First, go all in. Volunteer to plant trees. Volunteer for creek cleanups, repeatedly. There's nothing like sloshing around
HOAs Gone Haywire, Part III: The 411 On Everything You Need to Know About HOA and COA Board Elections
• A Board election on the up and up follows very strict rules: Usually a management company or Board representative will
While not as shiny as Stars Hollow, the town is soul sister in the quirkiness department: the local lawyer who wears a sandwich
This is a scary Halloween story from long ago involving a bunch of kids known as....the Little Neckers.
An HOA or COA Board member's job is to regulate property -- such as the maintenance of sidewalks -- not people's behavior
Sometimes, it takes a village to rescue a tortoise. I was driving down my alley when I spied an animal ambling along the entrance to my garage. Was it a possum out during the day? A wounded cat? I got out of my car to avoid hitting it and ... it was a huge tortoise.
It could be a scene right out of The Big Bang Theory, Friends, or, really, any sitcom where a lot of the takes occur in an apartment complex or housing community: neighbor conflict. Even the likable Dunphys in Modern Family struggle with how to tell their new Los Angeles, CA -- area neighbors that they're loud -- and that the huge boat in their driveway is a total eyesore.
I can't speak for all neighborhoods, and I might be wrong, but it sometimes seems like we're losing our sense of community. I mean, when was the last time you went to bring cookies and introduce yourself to the new neighbor who just moved in?