‘Charlie Chairs’ Placed By Neighbors Who Care

guest blog by Nila Ridings

North Houston Texas has a street named Azalea Lane. This street not only has a beautiful name, but it is lined with houses filled with beautiful people. They understand what being a good neighbor is all about and Charlie their neighbor with leukemia and his wife are the recipients of their kindness and neighborly love.

Reading this story warmed my heart and made my eyes tear up. And the comments made by thousands of people after reading this story (now spreading around the internet) clearly shows that others miss the neighborhoods of yesteryear that resembled Charlie’s neighborhood.

HOAs have destroyed today’s neighborhoods. For every 1 story like Charlie’s, I hear 1,000 stories of HOA neighborhoods that are war zones! Neighbors targeting neighbors and board members bullying those they dislike is what neighborhoods have become with HOAs.

“Chairs For Charlie” would bring fines, liens, and foreclosures to neighbors in many modern day HOAs. The legal bills would run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the Charlie Chairs would be confiscated for evidence of neighbors violating those precious CC&Rs.

As I watched the video I loved the difference of chairs with the welcoming signs on them for Charlie. The other things that caught my attention were the baby swing in the tree, the address sign at the street, and the iron bridge over the drainage ditch. And that told me this neighborhood was not part of the 350,000 “matchy matchy” HOAs now poisoning American home ownership. After living in an HOA for a decade I have such an appreciation for those little things that give the homeowners the pleasure of living in their homes as they wish. Not one of them looked trashy to me. I see them more as priceless homes where families live free and have big hearts and express love for their neighbors.

Do any of our readers know if Charlie’s cancer is in remission? I sure hope so.



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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.

2 thoughts on “‘Charlie Chairs’ Placed By Neighbors Who Care

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Beautiful story, Nila. This is what America’s neighborhoods SHOULD be like. A real community is supposed to bring people together, not drive them apart, ratting on each other over minor violations.

    The emphasis should be on HUMAN values (as it is in this featured neighborhood) rather than Property values.

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