The Resource Leisureville : adventures in America's retirement utopias, Andrew D. Blechman

Leisureville : adventures in America's retirement utopias, Andrew D. Blechman

Label
Leisureville : adventures in America's retirement utopias
Title
Leisureville
Title remainder
adventures in America's retirement utopias
Statement of responsibility
Andrew D. Blechman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When his next-door neighbors in a quaint New England town suddenly pick up and move to a gated retirement community in Florida called 'The Villages,' Blechman is astonished by their stories, so he goes to investigate. 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. Started in the 1950s and popularized by Del Webb's Sun City, age-segregated retirement is an exploding phenomenon. More than twelve million people will soon live in these communities, under restrictive covenants, with limited local government, and behind gates that exclude children. And not all of the residents are seniors, or even retirees. Blechman delves into life in the senior utopia, offering 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. He introduces us to dozens of outrageous characters including the Villages press-wary developer who wields remarkable control over the community, and an aging ladies man named Mr. Midnight, with whom Blechman repeatedly samples the nightlife. But Leisureville is more than just a romp through retirement paradise: Blechman traces the history of the trend, and travels to Arizona to show what has happened to the pioneering utopias after decades of segregation. He investigates the government of these 'instant' cities, attends a builder's conference, speaks with housing experts, and examines the implications of millions of Americans dropping out of society to live under legal segregation. This is an important book on an underreported phenomenon that is only going to get bigger, as baby boomers reach retirement age. A fascinating blend of serious history, social criticism, and hilarious, engaging reportage" -- from author's web site
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
SMDRL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blechman, Andrew D
Dewey number
  • 306.3/809759
  • 305.260973
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ1063
LC item number
.B54 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Retirement communities
  • Retirement communities
  • Retirees
  • Retirement
Label
Leisureville : adventures in America's retirement utopias, Andrew D. Blechman
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
For sale -- Where's Beaver? -- The golden years -- Free golf! -- How bananas got their curve -- The Chaz incident -- Mr. Midnight -- Government, Inc. -- Necropolis -- Foreign policy -- Cluck old hen -- Chasing the elephant -- An idiot's farewell -- Cat's in the cradle
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
244 p.
Isbn
9780871139818
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
System control number
  • 3038320-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3038320
  • (Sirsi) o220954521
  • (OCoLC)220954521
Label
Leisureville : adventures in America's retirement utopias, Andrew D. Blechman
Publication
Contents
For sale -- Where's Beaver? -- The golden years -- Free golf! -- How bananas got their curve -- The Chaz incident -- Mr. Midnight -- Government, Inc. -- Necropolis -- Foreign policy -- Cluck old hen -- Chasing the elephant -- An idiot's farewell -- Cat's in the cradle
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
244 p.
Isbn
9780871139818
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
System control number
  • 3038320-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3038320
  • (Sirsi) o220954521
  • (OCoLC)220954521

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