Mahshad Khairani Sharahi

Why is it that the rise in gated communities might threaten the public?

The desire for gated communities is growing and the public spaces within these enclosures have been increasingly privatised and outsiders are often prevented access to the gated communities. Barriers may cause social polarisation and have a psychologically negative impact on people, notably on children. Although the main purpose of gated communities is providing safety for residents, they have not improved living conditions in high-rate crime areas. Are gated communities then the answer to the rising concerns with safety? Do they have a negative psychological impact on society? Can we improve the design of gated communities to resolve these issues?