Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias

Leisureville Adventures in America s Retirement Utopias 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

  • Title: Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias
  • Author: Andrew D. Blechman
  • ISBN: 9780871139818
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ,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 builder s conference, speaks with housing experts, and examines the implications of millions of Americans dropping out of society and closing the gates on kids.

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    1. I was introduced to Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias while reading Dave Barry's bookBest. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland last year, and I was intrigued by the areas that are specifically designed for retirees with having strict age restrictions for their residents.Barry visited one of the most famous retiree cities - The Villages - in his book, and I did find the place a bit creepy yet somehow fascinating enough for wanting to know more about how some of [...]

    2. Would you feel abandoned if your long time neighbors after many years of community involvement suddenly announced that they are retiring and plan to move to a retirement community in Florida? Why are people willing to move away from a lifetime collection of friends and acquaintances to a place where they don’t know anybody? That’s what the author of this book was wondering when his neighbors did exactly that. So Blechman, the author, visited his neighbors at their new address in the Villages [...]

    3. Where do I begin? I found that Blechman started with the premise that all retirees buying into age-restricted communities were selfish seniors who didn't want to be around children. He then set out to support that premise.His experience of the Villages is a clear example. Instead of using the weekly activity guide to visit lots of different venues, clubs and happenings, Blechman chose to hang out with Mr. Midnight and his crew at Katie Belles, the Bistro and even Mr. Midnight's house more than h [...]

    4. Once upon a time in a far off land where senior citizens are required to drive like turtles in the passing lane and early bird specials begin at 3:30 in the afternoon, a mythical kingdom of glossy painted false-fronted shops, inestimable golf courses and cookie-cutter screened-in homes grew out of marshy swamps at a furious rate in order to create a mass market theme park for post war baby boomers riding golf carts in their imminent march towards old age, a whippy little thirty year old author d [...]

    5. I moved to The Villages 9 months ago. In this book Mr. Blechman provided the most accurate explanation I have received on how government and taxes work here. You really have to dig to get this information. On the other hand he could not be further off as to why people move here and what type of people we are. He also totally missed sharing the efforts of the residents to help the many homeless and poverty level people, especially children, who live around The Villages. And that is only the tip o [...]

    6. I don’t know what prompted me to pick up “Leisureville” by Andrew D. Blechman. I’m far away from retirement (assuming I will even be able to retire). Even so, there has always been something about these Stepford-like developments that has fascinated, and scared, me.I tore through it in one afternoon. As a piece of literary journalism, it shines: there were places where I laughed out loud (such as when the author tries to make contact with closeted lesbians in The Villages), but a lot of [...]

    7. [Not sure what is more entertaining, reading this book or reading all of the reviews on ;-)]This book makes me feel about living in a retirement community the way David Foster Wallace's essay A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments made me feel about going on a cruise.So many angles here and this book is by turns frightening and entertaining. I'm not going to deduct stars for the lack of scholastic rigor or for any perceived author bias or for any of the myriad criticis [...]

    8. I just returned a couple of weeks ago from the Villages. It was my first visit there. I visited my sister and her husband in their new retirement homeI have to say, that I was impressed with how beautiful, and nearly "perfect" everything was. but somehow, my wife and I felt a little uneasy with the place. I couldn't quite put my finger on what seemed wrong. My sister was almost evangelical in her zeal about the Villages, and thought that I should want what she hasI found and read Blechmans book, [...]

    9. Misses a good opportunity to explore the subject from a more scholarly approach by throwing in entertaining but pointless stories of wacky old people. Also, as should be evident by the sub-title, the author makes a huge assumption that a world without children is the most undesirable world imaginable. I'm sure His kid is smarter/cuter/funnier/more amazing than any child I have ever met, so I will let that slide. Oh, if only I had children then perhaps my life wouldn't feel so empty. I'm going to [...]

    10. The Bingo game is held in one of the larger rooms at the recreation center. The parking lot is filled with cars and golf carts. Inside, nobody shows the slightest interest in helping me find a seat. Bingo, I learn, attracts a tough crowd. Social niceties quickly give way to acerbic moodiness as soon as the bingo balls start bouncing With a slow, soft target like this one, I had the impression that Leisureville would prove to be what is today called a 'hit piece', formerly known as a hatchet job. [...]

    11. Fairly readable diatribe against age-segregated retirement communities, centering mostly on The Villages, a huge complex in Florida. The author is front-and-center in the proceedings as he tags along with seniors -- drag racing a rental golf cart, going out drinking every night, etc. The book seemed proximally motivated by his neighbors moving to The Villages, but he also acknolwedges near the end that his parents have moved to an age-segregated place in New York.There's a good point about probl [...]

    12. I picked this up because I will be visiting The Villages in a few weeks. And wouldn't you know, the Heart of Darkness is in central Florida. And the price of admission is steep. This book is well-written and well-organized, and generally does an admirable job of tempering its critiques of this and other geritopias with empathy for and insight into what in the world would spur folks to move there in the first place. The author is a new father, which undoubtedly goes a long way toward his taking t [...]

    13. Where to start? This book is both dated and kind of a hot mess. That doesn't mean it's not worth reading. As a history of age-restricted and age-segregated (aka "retirement") communities in the US, it's pretty good. The author traces the history of Sun City, AZ and The Villages in Florida. He does a far better job covering Sun City, in my opinion, maybe because he was dealing more with documented facts and less with his alcohol-laden experience visiting The Villages for a month. (I"m not implyin [...]

    14. It is too bad that Bleckman did not spend his time better. Here's my short list of what's wrong:* Dubious accuracy: I doubt the author was wearing a wire 24/7. So those perky conversations were recollected later with unavoidable loss of accuracy. But they are presented as verbatim truth, leading me to doubt everything else the author presents as true. * Over focus on the sensational: Blechman spent way too much time spent drinking and fills the book with the unverified adventures of his drinking [...]

    15. This book takes a look at age segregated retirement communities in the United States, concentrating on the community of over 100,000 at The Villages in central Florida where my in-laws have been considering moving. This senior playground full of activities and golf carts has its downside too. The author gives the history of this housing movement (including Sun City) and the likely trends for the aging baby boomers. While I was interested in learning about The Villages, I found the book dull, poo [...]

    16. It was an interesting topic, and well reported in general. However, I really disagreed with the author's smug premise. The sections where he interposed his worldview on other people's legitimate life-choices were wildly irritating and really detracted from what could have been a very interesting book.

    17. I read this book while traveling on vacation and really enjoyed it. I liked how Andrew got inside the retirement communities and was opinionated but kind realizing it works for some not others. I enjoyed getting to know the neighbors he was meeting along with him, and was personal;ly interested in the whole idea and who is into it via a sociological viewpoint.

    18. Interesting info about what goes on in an adult 55+ community. On one hand it sounds great, on the other downright creepyt sure if we would be happy in one.

    19. Blechman's background as a reporter on municipal governments is a plus to this exploration into retirement communities. He is able to look at the governance issues underneath the rosy surface picture that builders manufacture, in the manner of the wizard's curtain being pulled aside in The Wizard of Oz. Retirement communities are a business, pure and simple. Our local Morse family makes the idea of a utopian retirement life seem simple. Let us create a worry free environment for you while we mak [...]

    20. The author's lively style of writing: a mix of funny stories with factual information of the growth of 50+communities plus my familiarity with the villages north of Leesburg FL made for a fun, quick read. I disagree with the author's strong dislike of these places and his thought that they segregate against families with children. I think people join those communities to have ease of living, ( houses built with their aging in mind), lots of appropriate activities and no snow and coldness which g [...]

    21. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I stumbled upon it while looking up Ocala, FL, since my inlaws suddenly and inexplicably have decided they probably want to move down there. I was expecting a light book about a younger person who moves into a retirement community, much like an earlier book I had read called, I think, Early Bird, but this was so much more. It gives a lot of information on the whole market of age segregated housing, and much to ponder about the desirability of such housing [...]

    22. There was some good info in the book.Seriously, though, why did the author have to go into detail on what type of tobacco people were smoking?And it's clear from the outset that the author is a socialist who believes people should all be part of the collective, and not live their lives as they choose.

    23. The book I read has 242 pages. It talks about 55+ retirement communities. No young children can live year round in the community. They can visit up to thirty days.The residents pay a lower tax fees, no school taxes. Interesting read.

    24. I am a retiree spending half the year in FL, but not in the Villages. I am curious to visit what has been described as Disneyland for seniors, but I don't want to live there. The book confirmed that!

    25. Leisureville is an exposée of The Villages, one of America's growing age-segregated retirement communities. When Blechman's neighbors leave their New England town for sunny Florida to spend their retirement basking in the sun and playing golf, Blechman engineers an invite to stay for a month and report on what he sees.The results aren't quite what you'd expect. Most residents of The Villages are happy to be there, even blissfully happy. And why not? They're treated to non-stop entertainment wit [...]

    26. This is a mandatory read for anyone considering a move to "an age-segregated" community - more commonly referred to a retirement community. Blechman's neighbors of many years opted to sell their home and move to a gated community. They raved about their new life style, how it was the perfect option for them, etc. Blechman, a reporter, decided to do an investigative study of some of these communities - primarily "The Villages" in Florida and Del Webb's properties in Arizona.And, Blechman embedded [...]

    27. Leisureville - Andrew BlechmanThis is about the failure and exploitation of the American political and economic system, by developers who sell age-segregated 'communities' to an elite of retired citizens. It also examines the goals and wishes of 'seniors' who are attracted by these developments. It looks specifically at 'Sun City' in Arizona and 'The Villages' in Florida, looking at what life there is like. I found the details of political and economic abuses by Gary Morse of 'The Villages' very [...]

    28. It was merely a coincidence that I picked up this book at our local library. I'll be retiring in a few years and thought I'd do some reading. Ironically as soon as I started reading Leisureville, I realized it was a topic that friends of mine had discussed earlier this month.Andrew Blechman started his research on retirements communities after a couple is his neighborhood moved to one. He interviewed many people in the community and the majority were happy with their decisions to move there. The [...]

    29. Blechman uses gentle humour to tell us of his experiences investigating gate/age-restricted communities in the USA. If he hadn't, it would probably have been the most depressing book published last year. Canadians should read this to remind themselves not only that we are not like the people on the other side of our border, but that we shouldn't want to be like them either. He comes to some interesting conclusions.

    30. I found this book quite interesting, but I gave it a "2" rather than 3 or 4 because of what I felt was a really biased tone. Lines like "most villagers don't care if they live in an autocratic fantasyland founded on a policy of segregation" (p. 218 in my softcover edition) leave no doubt as to the author's biases and make the rest of the book feel less like ethnography and more like argumentative essay I enjoyed the character "studies" and particularly the description of what's sometimes a prett [...]

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