Living in El Dorado Hills has shown me luxury but it has also shown me censorship. There are many gated communities in EDH that are infuriatingly limiting with their rules. Rules like what color to paint your fences, what plants you can grow, what kind of satellite dishes are allowed, “inside hours,” and not even being allowed to put up lost posters of pets for worried owners. This kind of censorship is belittling and even in some ways cruel; making house owners pay for services that they do not even like and/or cannot afford.
These rules set by gated communities did start out as precautions to make neighborhood life more likeable for house owners but over the years have grown power hungry in how much they can control the lives of community people. Yet we do not stop it because people always need a place to live and these gated communities offer so many houses because they just keep expanding, looking for more lives to censor.
There is a way to stop the monstrous controllers of neighborhoods, and that is to cut them off from buying more land to expand their gates, stopping them in their tracks of progress. Also, for the already existing communities, we can all come together to boycott the rules that oppress us, to get our plants, colors and choices back. Censorship while it has its uses is more often than not infuriating and insulting for those on the receiving end of it. Please, let’s put a stop to the limiting rules and allow our communities to live in safe happiness.
El Dorado Hills