Constance Royster of the Open Communities Alliance, speaks on the steps of the New Haven County Courthouse with lawyers and housing advocates announcing a lawsuit against the town of Woodbridge, Conn. She says she sees the area of Connecticut she grew up in as a “beacon of opportunity” — but that exclusionary zoning threatens that hope. “For decades, towns like Woodbridge have used zoning to effectively erect walls around their borders, keeping new affordable and multifamily housing from being built — and new residents out,” Royster said. Ryan Caron King / CT Public