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Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias

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Synopsis:

When his next-door neighbors in a quaint New England town suddenly pick up and move to a gated retirement community in Florida, Andrew D. Blechman is astonished by their stories. Larger than Manhattan, with a golf course for every day of the month, two downtowns, its own newspaper, radio, and TV stations, The Villages is a city of nearly one hundred thousand (and growing), missing only one thing: children. More than twelve million people will soon live in these communities, and to get to the bottom of the trend, Blechman delves into life in the senior utopia. He offers a hilarious first-hand report on all its peculiarities, from ersatz nostalgia and golf-cart mania to manufactured history and the residents surprisingly active sex life, and introduces us to dozens of outrageous characters. Leisureville is also a serious look at a major and underreported trend, only to get bigger as the baby boomers retire. Blechman travels to Arizona to show what has happened after decades of segregation. He investigates the government of these “instant” cities, attends a builders conference, speaks with housing experts, and examines the implications of millions of Americans dropping out of society and closing the gates on kids.

Synopsis:

Blechman delves into life in a gated retirement community and offers a hilarious, first-hand report on all its peculiarities. He also takes a serious look at the consequences of such instant cities and examines the implications of millions of Americans dropping out of society.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871139818
Subtitle:
Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Author:
Blechman, Andrew D.
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Life Stages - General
Subject:
Aging - Retirement
Subject:
Gerontology
Subject:
Retirement communities
Subject:
Retirement
Subject:
Retirement, Places of -- United States.
Subject:
Retirement -- United States.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080513
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.5 lb

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When his next-door neighbors in a quaint New England town suddenly pick up and move to a gated retirement community in Florida, Andrew D. Blechman is astonished by their stories. Larger than Manhattan, with a golf course for every day of the month, two downtowns, its own newspaper, radio, and TV stations, The Villages is a city of nearly one hundred thousand (and growing), missing only one thing: children. More than twelve million people will soon live in these communities, and to get to the bottom of the trend, Blechman delves into life in the senior utopia. He offers a hilarious first-hand report on all its peculiarities, from ersatz nostalgia and golf-cart mania to manufactured history and the residents surprisingly active sex life, and introduces us to dozens of outrageous characters. Leisureville is also a serious look at a major and underreported trend, only to get bigger as the baby boomers retire. Blechman travels to Arizona to show what has happened after decades of segregation. He investigates the government of these “instant” cities, attends a builders conference, speaks with housing experts, and examines the implications of millions of Americans dropping out of society and closing the gates on kids.
"Synopsis" by , Blechman delves into life in a gated retirement community and offers a hilarious, first-hand report on all its peculiarities. He also takes a serious look at the consequences of such instant cities and examines the implications of millions of Americans dropping out of society.
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