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Leisureville: Adventures In A World Without Children
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Leisureville: Adventures In A World Without Children

Author: Andrew D. Blechman

When Andrew Blechman’s next-door neighbours suddenly pick up and move to a gated retirement community called ‘The Villages’, Blechman is astonished by their stories, so he investigates.

Larger than Manhattan, with a golf course for every day of the month and its own newspaper, radio and TV stations, The Villages is a city of nearly 100,000 people, missing only one thing: children. Blechman delves into life in the senior utopia, offering a hilarious first-hand report on all its peculiarities, from fake nostalgia and golf-cart mania to manufactured history and the residents’ surprisingly active sex-lives.

But Leisureville is more than just a romp through retirement paradise. Age-segregated retirement is an exploding phenomenon, with millions of people across the western world expected to soon live in these communities, under restrictive covenants, with limited local government and behind gates that exclude children. Blechman traces the history of the trend and shows what has happened to these pioneering utopias after decades of segregation.

This is an important book on an under-reported phenomenon that is only going to get bigger as baby boomers reach retirement age. A fascinating blend of serious history, social criticism and engaging reportage, Leisureville couldn’t have come at a better time.

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