"A highly significant work that deserves the attention of urbanists, planners, sociologists of aging, and historians of post-1945 America."--Jon C. Teaford, author ofThe American Suburb
"A clear, concise historical perspective of the development of age-restricted, active adult communities and the developers who led the way. It provides the missing piece to the puzzle in housing studies for older adults."--Helen C. Dillon, University of Indianapolis
Youngtown, Arizona, opened in 1954 and was the first development community to have a minimum age requirement (then 65) and to ban underage children as permanent residents. Developer Del Webb unveiled Sun City six years later. Adjacent to Youngtown, it offered modest homes abutting a golf course. In the ensuing decades, active adult communities have proliferated, including Harold Schwartz's "The Villages" in central Florida, today the nation's single largest retirement community.
For nearly sixty years, the success of these and similar communities have changed the image of retirees from frail, impoverished old people to energetic, well-off adults enjoying a resort-like lifestyle. While some experts predicted these communities would fail or undermine the obligations between generations, they are now firmly embedded as one possible extension of the American dream.
Judith Ann Trolander has written the first book-length history of the "active adult" lifestyle. Examining the origins, development, failures, and challenges facing these communities as the baby boomer population continues to age, she offers a truly original defense of a sometimes controversial aspect of American life.
Mohammed has spent the past forty years working in France.
The Southwestern United States continues to attract retirees seeking a great place to retire. It is easy to understand why. Abundant sunshine, striking natural landscapes and a relaxed lifestyle are hallmarks of this part of the country. Unfortunately, many towns in the Southwest are expensive. Places such as Flagstaff, Arizona and Georgetown, Texas are often hailed as great places to retire, but they have living costs that are above the national average. Here, though, we have eighteen Southwestern towns that are worth considering for retirement. Each has living costs equal to or below the national average. Some of these towns are fairly well known, while others are still off the national radar. All of these places have safe neighborhoods, recreational and/or cultural amenities, a local or nearby public library, local or nearby accredited medical facilities and some sort of water conservation plan. Each also has a welcoming quality that makes it a desirable place to live. No one place is perfect, however, so we take a look at each town's drawbacks as well.
Since the beginning of time, mankind has looked up at the Moon and wondered. Many have seen figures on that "light in the sky" and fantasized about them. The moon has intrigued them, and it has grasped the thoughts of so many people. Now there is a way of getting there and using it to go farther into the universe. A group of adventurers has proposed to colonize that planet, and here is their story. - Desde o inicio dos tempos, o homem tem olhado a Lua e imaginado coisas. Muitos tem visto figuras naquela "luz no ceu" e fantasiado sobre elas. A Lua tem fascinado-o e agarrado o pensamento de muita gente. Agora ha um meio de chegar la e usa-la para chegar mais fundo no universo. Um grupo de aventureiros se propos a colonizar esse planeta e aqui esta a sua historia.
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