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What a Gem

What a Gem

You might be able to guess the fastest-growing state in the U.S. is out West. But did you know that it’s Idaho? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Gem State’s population increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million from July 2016 to July 2017. Nevada (2.0 percent), Utah...

Are Our Rules Reasonable?

Are Our Rules Reasonable?

Rules and regulations help community associations maintain property values and protect a quality of life. These standards are typically described in detail in an association's governing documents, which all homeowners should have an opportunity to review before...

How to handle pest problems

How to handle pest problems

Last month, a Florida woman was awarded a $5 million settlement from her homeowners association and community management company for not warning residents about a snake problem in the community. When stepping out onto her back patio in July 2015, a water moccasin bit...

Why Scoop the Poop?

Why Scoop the Poop?

Americans adore their pets. More than 43 million dogs and 36 million cats live in U.S. households—and many of them belong to the 68 million Americans who live in homeowners associations, condominiums, cooperatives, and common-interest communities. Besides being a...

Sea, Sand, and Sustainability

Sea, Sand, and Sustainability

In the May/June issue of Common Ground, CAI profiled Seabrook Island, S.C., a 2,400-acre coastal barrier island tucked away 20 miles south of Charleston, S.C. A maritime forest, marshes, and miles of beach make Seabrook Island a wildlife haven. The community’s...

Fly Old Glory Fly

Fly Old Glory Fly

On June 14, 1777, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia adopted a resolution that "the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new...

Be a Neighbor

Be a Neighbor

The following initially appeared as "In This Issue" in Common Ground's May/June 2018 issue. Fred Rogers had a unique ability to address difficult topics, such as disability, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, and racial integration, in a thoughtful and compassionate...

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