What happened to HOAs?

I’ve never had to to worry about HOAs (home owners associations) because I’ve never lived in that kind of community, and frankly, never wanted to. I kind of enjoy some of the serendipitous aspects of neighborhood development (see my previous post, below, on the “Sweet Little Gallery.”) But I do have relatives and friends who have been affected by HOA policies. I’m thinking of my cousins (whose tastes in external decor are conservative) in Virginia, who were threatened with a lawsuit because they used the wrong shade of blue for their townhouse, and were nervous about every item they dared to put out on their front porch.

Anyway, Scott Doyon of Placeshakers has an interesting article on the “insanity” of some HOAs, and how he thinks they got that way.