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A reader sent this email about his experiences with gated communities, and I thought I'd share it with the rest. It's a fascinating topic and I hope that some serious scholar with access to grant money takes at a look at it someday.
As you know, I'm in Costa Rica, a country noted as being peaceful, non-violent, progressive. "A central american success story."
In the "Valle Central", home of the capital, the vast majority of homes are like cages or little prisons. The windows are barred and the porches are frequently surrounded by a mesh of heavy steel bars. Most communities have some form of gating or guards, except the poor of course.
In the areas of Escazu and Rorhmoser, where the expats and embassy staffers live, it's all fortresses. Most people choose to live in condominium complexes; which is kind of sad and ironic. The Central Valley's climate is one of the best on the planet; I've never lived in a home that required a furnace nor an air conditioning. It's the ideal place to have a big yard and leave the doors open; but sadly only the very wealthy can afford such a thing by living on a security plantation like described in Brazil. Most of us, even the relatively well to do, end up living in pretty high density complexes to share the security bill.
But we are seeing some progress! The president has been taking steps to restrict gun ownership by law abiding civilians.
When I look around here I really begin to wonder what it's like in places that i know are much more violent.