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Finally, there was the homeowner who was pulled in to defend her desire to xeriscape, but the neighbors looking into her fenced backyard (we can only assume from their second-story window) didn't like what they saw. It wasn't "green." I will always remember her words after two visits to the board: "I left Warsaw to come to a free country to grow flowers and plants. In Warsaw, there was not room in the city to grow flowers except for a plant in the window. I come to America to find the freedoms to just grow things doesn't exist. America is not a free country? In Warsaw, I could grow what I wanted."

Needless to say, I was ashamed at even being a part of such a group. So I moved to the mountains.

On another note, I love the "diversity" described in the article -- based on how much a home costs? So I should feel more empathy to the homeowner with only a $150,000 home because they can't have a $1M home? Right! Ms. Santangelo needs to get out into the rest of the world. A diverse community has a mix of peoples based on ethnicity, race, lifestyles, etc., not the almighty dollar. Susan Barnes-Gelt's statement that "real communities have streets that are a public realm where dialogue and democracy and human life take place" is so true, and so missing in these convenanted communities. In the covenanted community, the neighbors (so close they could fill your coffee cup from their kitchen window) never talk to their neighbors. Now we live in a community where we know all of our neighbors, talk through issues and rely on each other.

For the children of the folks in these covenanted communities, I thought my hometown of 98 folks was small. But my heart goes out to the narrow, restricted and boring life your folks have forced upon you. Who would ever want to go to a pool with such restrictions? You are forced into creative disobedience. To your parents, shame on you for sending your kids to the sewers to just be kids. Of course, you are probably not around to even know.

Thank you, Westword, for the great writeup. Maybe one HR family will see the cloning for what it is and seek to look for a human community.

Sally M. Higgins
Pine

That's the way the cookie crumbles: Being a resident of "The Ranch," one might expect that I would have found fault with your article. On the contrary, it was right on the money. The bits about the covenants and the church rang especially true. There is no individuality here. In reality, it isn't desired. Try wearing a Metallica shirt to King Soopers; the looks are great entertainment. What is most disturbing, however, is watching a self-important soccer mom who drives a $40,000 SUV look down her nose at the crew of Hispanic workers buying lunch at Albertson's. Don't they realize that while their sweat and blood go into building these cookie-cutter houses, strip malls and restaurants, they are not welcome here? Terrible, but true. After all, their presence may knock a few thousand off your resale value.

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