The talk-show host on our local radio station just read this version of The Death of Common Sense. (Sorry about the pop-ups.) The original is by Lori Borgman and appears on her website.
The line in the adapted version about patio furniture struck close to home for me, as one of the potential Treehouses we've been looking at has turned out to have one of the strangest, most restrictive builders' covenants on it that we've ever seen (condos aside). How'd you like to buy a house--not a condo, a house--and forty years later you're still having to ask the builders for permission to plant a bush or put up a fence or sell some E-bay books out of your basement? Oh, correction--you can't do business in the house at all, even if it's within the city zoning by-laws. The builders seem to have the final say here.
Sigh...guess we keep on looking.