Originally Posted by kool maudit
we are the new "ugly americans." i am more and more convinced of this. in the expat community in pristina, the actual americans are quite circumspect, reserved, wary of nationalist discussions.
the canadians are insufferable.
As for gated communities. I hate them. I was going to type I disliked them, but it is actual hatred.
They offend me for two reasons:
1. They are suburban sprawl. I consider suburban sprawl to be selfish and based on unsustainable expectations. I believe we should be doing everything in our power to encourage density and discourage sprawl.
2. They a selfish, cowardly, inexcusable reaction to social tension. Gated communities represent the people most capable of supporting positive change in society as a whole instead choosing to circle the wagons. They may offer a temporary sense of security, but they are a giant leap toward the type of society that will offer no security at all.