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Catalog ID Number 2000.0002.005
Object Name Magazine
Scope & Content Although it is not claimed that Reston and Columbia are typical of all New Towns in their form of government, these two growing cities are important models for future community building. Both have governments that combine public services from the county level with municipal-type services provided by private homes associations. Both New Towns have experimented with federal arrangements fortheir homes associations, utilizing peripheral units to promote decentralized local control over the immediate environmnt. The central homes associations carry on a variety of activities which affect allresidents, and a strong case can be made for the position that the fourteenth amendment is applicable. If this is correct, the property basis of political participation in Reston and Columbia may violate the equal protection clause. Even if the Constitution is not relevant to these New Towns, the use of private corporations in place of municipal government raises important policy questions which have not yet received legislative consideration.
Title Democracy in the New Towns: The Limits of Private Government
University of Chicago Law Review v.36n.2
winter 1969
Albert A.Foer
Date 1969
Year Range from 1969.0
Updated 2012-04-19