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Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:50 pm 

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No, they never have. We need them for security and boundary marking, but high fences should be considered reactive -- a way of dealing with a problem neighbor. They aren't proactive -- unless they are containing pets or protecting kids from a pool within, they mostly succeed in blocking a sense of community. We've grown so accustomed to them as useful that it can be hard to see this. We definitely don't want people next door just helping themselves to the land and improvements and possessions in our back yards, but any new relationship between neighbors happens most naturally when there are not physical barriers.

Not that I'm planning to take down any fences that surrounded my home when I moved in. I accept that we fence ourselves in and I personally feel more comfortable this way. My point is that community as a concept does require more openness than we tend to provide in most human cultures. And the high fence cliche is wrong.

It should be: High fences help create a mostly ineffective buffer between us and assholes.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:20 pm 

Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:59 pm
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Hey, you fixed assholes!!! Yay. :mrgreen:

High fences are pretty standard fare around here except that they are concrete block walls. They do absolutely nothing to prevent assholes from being assholes. They do however limit the ability to see the a'hole. Sound on the other hand is not affected in the least.

Apparently we can have multiple assholes but not one single a'hole. :lol:

Oh, so this is normal.

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