The illusion of safety and comfort that car design and street infrastructure have provided leads to more dangerous driving and more deaths.
If we want to build a just and equitable society, we need to consider the voices of those who benefit from new development – our children, new families, job-seekers – not just those content with preserving the status quo.
Connecticut likes to think of itself as a progressive state that values equal opportunity for all. But the ugly reality is that Connecticut is one of the most unequal states in the country, with high levels of racial and socioeconomic segregation. While there are many causes behind this, a huge part of these inequities stems from exclusionary zoning laws: a hyperlocal land use regime designed to prevent new housing development, exclude newcomers, and create a scarcity of homes.