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Title:
The promise of paradise : recreational and retirement communities in the United States since 1950
Author:
Stroud, Hubert B.
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Publication Information:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [1995]

©1995
Physical Description:
xi, 220 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780801849268

9780801867583
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Book

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In the first geographic and environmental analysis of the recreational and retirement community industry, Hubert B. Stroud shows how and why certain communities had positive impacts on the surrounding region while others did not. Focusing on well-known developments in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Arkansas, and Tennessee, he finds that most developments were poorly planned, resulting in environmental damage, overtaxing of public services, and social and economic problems. Yet Stroud acknowledges that future development is inevitable, as recreational and retirement communities continue to lure urban America with the promise of paradise.


Summary

In the first geographic and environmental analysis of the recreational and retirement community industry, Hubert B. Stroud shows how and why certain communities had positive impacts on the surrounding region while others did not. Focusing on well-known developments in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Arkansas, and Tennessee, he finds that most developments were poorly planned, resulting in environmental damage, overtaxing of public services, and social and economic problems. Yet Stroud acknowledges that future development is inevitable, as recreational and retirement communities continue to lure urban America with the promise of paradise.


Author Notes

Hubert B. Stroud is professor of geography at Arkansas State University.


Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 Introductionp. 1
Location and Sizep. 4
The System of Operationp. 13
Elements of Changep. 14
Part 1 The Impact of Recreational Land Developmentp. 17
2 Environmental Problemsp. 19
Vulnerable Locationsp. 25
Assessing Impactp. 34
3 Economic Concernsp. 44
Positive Impactp. 46
Negative Impactp. 51
Evaluating Economic Consequencesp. 58
4 Consumer Issuesp. 62
The Problemp. 63
Consumer Protectionp. 65
Part 2 The Development of "New Communities"p. 77
5 Fairfield Glade: The Evolution of a Successful Operation in Tennesseep. 79
Financingp. 81
Marketing Techniquesp. 89
What the Customer Actually Buysp. 97
Adjusting to Financial Difficultyp. 101
6 Cape Coral: South Florida's Largest Gulf Coast Cityp. 103
7 Rio Rancho: New Mexico's Fastest Growing Communityp. 112
8 Lake Havasu City: A Rapidly Emerging Community in the Arizona Desertp. 119
9 Fairfield Bay: An Arkansas Ozark Mountain Resort Communityp. 125
10 Port LaBelle: A "Well-Planned" Florida Communityp. 131
Part 3 Land-Use Regulation of Recreational and Retirement Communities since 1970p. 139
11 Examples of Progress and the Status Quop. 143
Floridap. 144
Oregonp. 153
Vermontp. 157
New Mexicop. 161
Arkansasp. 165
12 Trends in Land-Use Planning and Regulationp. 170
Building Citizen Supportp. 170
Beyond State Planningp. 177
Dealing with Special Problemsp. 178
Coping with Red Tapep. 185
13 Fulfilling the Promisep. 188
Referencesp. 195
Indexp. 213

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