This is a continuation of the HOA “Us vs. Them” discussion from the “Trotting Out the Past” thread.
I am a member of the Chamber of Commerce, which is like an association for business people. I pay dues, I get to network with others to pick up business contacts, and I give back by volunteering my time on committees, events and offering my professional services for free. I can be part of the decision-making if I want.
How is a homeowners association different — why is it so “us vs. them”? Isn’t it an association of all homeowners who pay dues? Aren’t there opportunities to get to know each other as neighbors and network? Aren’t the board positions held by homeowners like you or me, people just as busy with their jobs and their families and their own home maintenance? How can it be us vs. them when they are us? Why do people feel helpless and alone when they are part of an association of others right in the same neighborhood?
Also, the City is proposing a lien on property owners if they don’t clean up their graffiti. Wondering what others think of that versus how the county handles the issue.