I took the first photo around the Lake Lanier. Security guys did not allow me to take the gate, however I took their waterfalls near the entrance. The second photos shows one of the entrances of Peachtree Lofts on Peachtree Street.
There were people living segregated lives in the past, too, but the gates, walls, and high security issues are new. Gates, walls, fences, and in my case sometimes waterfalls made visible all sorts of segregation in a community.
As our readings stated, people prefer to live in gated communities because of their facilities and amenities, they want to feel protected from crime, they do not want to live with “other”s, and status oriented trends determine their decisions.
These photos show that security seriously matters for some. For me, it is a little bit creepy to live behind the bars. I prefer to be a part of the city where I live in. The bars represent a rupture between the people who prefer to live behind the walls, and the rest of the city. The segregation caused by these communities may result in further social problems in the future. For instance, Setha Low asks -fairly enough- a question about the life of the children raised in gated communities: “Gates and walls also have an impact on children and their relationship to other people and environments. Will the children who grow up in these new communities depend on walls for their sense of security and safety?”* This question seems to be worth thinking about, and analyzing.
* Setha Low, “The Edge and the Center: Gated Communities and the Discourse of Urban Fear”, American Anthroplogists, March 2001, Vol. 103, No.1, p. 56.