BTI: An Alaskan Town in a Tower

The Begich Towers Condominium Association of Apartment Owners was incorporated in 1974 as a 196-unit condo community.  In addition to residential apartments, the building houses Whittier’s grocery store, laundromat, medical clinic, police department, post office, and the city offices.  After

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Master-Planned Communities Look to Innovative Future

Developers of master-planned communities (MPCs) must innovate to remain relevant, said Kathleen B. Cecilian, a ULI governor and chief executive officer (CEO) of Flemington, New Jersey–based marketing firm Cecilian Worldwide, speaking at the 2016 ULI Spring Meeting. “There are innovators

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Happy 100th Birthday, Co-ops!

In 1916, the nation’s first nonprofit housing cooperative was born in Brooklyn.  A century ago, Finnish immigrants banded together in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn to address an acute housing shortage. Sixteen families formed the Finnish Home Building Association,

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Common Property Owners Association Terms Defined

When it comes to your property owners association, there are a lot of terms that may be new or perhaps not clear. As you look through relevant documents and governing contracts, you have to understand the language used to fully

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Why Reston, Virginia, Still Inspires Planners 50 Years Later

It’s rare for a 1960s suburban development to exert a cultural pull distinct from its neighboring city, but Reston pulled it off.   Read the article………….

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History Differs Between Condominium and HOA Statutes in Florida

Question: As an association manager, I have a question that has always bothered me. Why are there so many differences between the condominium statute and the law for homeowners’ associations? You would think it would make sense for the two

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Reston Virginia founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. dead at 101

obert E. Simon, Jr. died at his Lake Anne Village home in Reston, Virginia Monday, September 21, 2015 at the age of 101. Aside from his exceptional longevity, Simon’s death may not have much been noted aside from Fairfax County

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Time For Community-Governed Associations To Wake Up And Smell The Coffee!

In 1978, Proposition 13, The People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation, passed within the State of California. This proposition limited the manner in which municipalities could assess property taxes. With the gravy train at an end, local governments began a

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How the rise of gated spaces like swimming pools can quietly perpetuate racial tension

For decades, swimming pools in America have been sites of racial exclusion. Many of the fights to desegregate communities and public resources in the 1950s were waged over access to swimming pools. And the way they’re used to this day

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Poconos a pioneer in community associations

Known as the green backdrop to the New York City metropolitan area, the Poconos helped pioneer the development of homeowners’ associations in the years after World War II.      Read more……….

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Fact book an eye-opener on community associations

A community association is a popular lifestyle choice for many people, but it has been difficult to determine just how many — until now.  A new body of research, the “Community Association Fact Book,” tallies the numbers of associations, housing

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A Brief History of the Condo

Ask someone where the first condominium was built in the U.S. and most of them would probably guess Florida. A few might even share an anecdote of how their cousin’s, in-laws parents owned a unit in the very first condominium

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