, Volume 66, Issue 1–2, pp 1–3 | Cite as


  • Stanley D. Brunn
  • Klaus Frantz

The idea for this special issue of GeoJournalsurfaced from conversations we held in late 2000 about features of the contemporary American urban landscape. As social and historical geographers interested in the built environment, new and old residential groups, and globalization’s imprints on local cities, we discovered our common interests in gated communities. Gated communities or privately developed and governed residential spaces have emerged as major features of large and small cities. They have appeared in the developed and developing worlds and also in those countries with long traditions of urban market forces and those, especially in China and the former Soviet Union, where huge investments by local or international companies have designed, funded, and built gated cities, communities, and compounds in various forms. One can observe this phenomenon in most large cities on all continents today, whether appearing as newly built residential areas or subdivisions or as new...


Urban Space Gated Community Urban Governance Real Estate Developer Gated City 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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