Membership in the TVHA was mandatory in order to purchase or rent a home in the community.
As we will see below, in the early years of the development, the TVHA consistently worked on a variety of fronts to ensure that all residents developed shared norms about the need for an orderly neighbourhood.
In the early years, some of the TVHA's clearest directives on how to keep Thorncrest Village orderly arrived in the form of bulletins from Harvey the rabbit.
Throughout the 1960s, the TVHA issued editorials in the Bulletin and distributed Resident Information Services (RIS) Bulletins in mailboxes calling on residents to not transgress the rights of property owners.
While the TVHA readily defended the fenceless design of the neighbourhood, it also worked to ensure that residents shared the norm of not entering another's property without permission.
it is discouraging to have a burnt out, weedy neighbour's yard to look at." Another notice observed that some residents "have allowed weeds to overtake their backyards." This was "unsightly" and "not very thoughtful towards adjoining neighbours who have tended their properties all summer and are now faced with the spreading of weeds in their own yards." (82) The authors of the Bulletin told residents that if they required help, the TVHA's office would gladly provide the names of "reliable weed sprayers and lawn maintenance men." (83) As always, the TVHA placed faith in experts' abilities to address any lawn care problem.
The TVHA implored residents to partake in myriad activities, from swimming to sewing with the Village's chapter of the Red Cross to attending meetings, exercise classes, and stag parties.
There developed highly effective techniques to bring people together, make them acquainted, and weld them into a social group." (88) Such techniques ranged widely, from the Bulletin itself to welcome tea parties to the Thorncrest Village crests that the TVHA offered to attach to residents' cars.
Residents served on committees that approved house designs, used the Bulletin to police behaviour, and fostered a sense of belonging through the activities of the TVHA. Residents developed a shared belief that their community was an important experiment in suburban living and that their own participation was vital to its continued success.
We succeeded in building one for a privileged group." This statement seems disingenuous, since there is no indication in any of the records the TVHA that the developers ever attempted to build a mixed income community.
(54.) Of course, there were many moments prior to the application process in which the TVHA could have discouraged Jews and those of Southern and Eastern European ancestry, for example, from applying.