There are areas around here that were developed after WWII and then Associations came in just a few years ago with the cities permission and took over, as it then cost less for the city on upkeep.
Maybe that happens, but not in this case. The Association that denied permission to erect a verticle flagpole was in existence when Mr. Barfoot bought his house there, according to this column in the Richmond, VA newspaper. Flagpoles are permitted - but they must be diagonal.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Moral of the story - if you don't want a bunch of tight-assed suburbanites telling you what to do, don't buy a house in a subdivision ruled by a homeowner's association.