Holiday Fail!

Guest blog by Nila Ridings

Fourth of JulyWith the 4th of July festivities just over, there’s an interesting YouTube video from a Kansas Homeowners Association I know well. The HOA has a thousand human residents and just as many dogs with 513 individually-owned units, many in a state of decay,  and a board that runs the place like a Nazi concentration camp armed with ice cream socials and lawsuits a la mode.

Well, last year they held a huge 4th of July parade to celebrate and put the “neighborly love” on display. T
his YouTube video says it all:

A few days ago they held the second annual parade.  Was the turnout greater than 1% of the residents this year? No video has posted yet. Perhaps the photographer scrambled and got out, too?

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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