We should reject anti-family, anti-homes rhetoric and acknowledge that children who live in apartments are entitled to a great neighborhood and fantastic education.
Wrong-way crashes are a symptom of a car-dependent state
The surest solution to ending wrong-way crashes is understanding that the problem of traffic violence is systemic.
Pleading won’t solve Fairfield County’s education and housing inequality
When it comes to the two most important issues in a family’s life —housing and education— the Gold Coast’s wealthiest towns feel no obligation to Connecticut and its people.
A more family-friendly CT should begin with safer streets
School drop-off lines are a symptom of our broken transportation and land-use systems, and a more family-friendly Connecticut should include streets that are safe enough for kids to navigate independently.
A housing-abundant Fairfield County will be an engine for the American Dream
We need state leadership to usher in a just, housing-abundant Fairfield County and help thousands achieve their American Dream.
Honor Juneteenth by learning about Reconstruction
This Juneteenth, begin honoring the new holiday by learning about the generation of formerly enslaved people and their white allies that fought to move beyond emancipation and make equality and democracy a reality in the United States.
Fairfield County versus the American Dream
Is Fairfield County a region-wide country club for those able to buy one of the limited member slots?
Expanding Connecticut’s highways won’t relieve congestion; transit-oriented communities will
We haven’t internalized an important lesson from Connecticut’s history — expanding roads and highways fails to deliver traffic congestion relief.
Fairfield County needs transit-oriented development now
We need to build housing near train stations now, and state-level action on transit-oriented development is the best way to achieve that.
The pedestrian safety bill does little without a road design rethink
The recent pedestrian safety bill, HB 5429, is an important — if small — first step toward making Connecticut safer for walking and biking. But unless the bill is paired with changes to our road design and zoning, our streets will continue to be dangerous places for pedestrians and cyclists. The bill’s two key provisions […]
Rebuttal: Zoning reform is long overdue
In a March 24 opinion piece titled A plea for a hold on zoning reform, author Alexis Harrison of Fairfield attacked H.B. 6107 and (without naming it) S.B. 1024. As a fellow Fairfield County resident (from the neighboring town of Trumbull) who thinks zoning reform is one key to building a more prosperous and inclusive Connecticut, I’d like to counter its claims and make an argument of my own.
It’s time to fulfill Sheff v. O’Neill’s legacy and reform Connecticut’s zoning
With the 25th anniversary of the Sheff v. O’Neill decision coming up in July, it’s time to fulfill the ruling’s true legacy and reform exclusionary zoning in Connecticut.
Rebuttal: Build housing to create more a dynamic and just economic future for Connecticut
In a December 17 opinion piece titled Zoning reform must consider the character of each town, Alexis Harrison of Fairfield argued against HB 5132, a bill that would reform zoning laws in the state. As Katherine Levine Einstein laid out in her book Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis, these are common arguments against building more homes, but they should not stop us.
Reclaiming a teachable moment in an historic time
We need to reclaim a teachable moment and help our students process the historic protests sweeping Connecticut and the country. I teach an eighth grade American history class in Connecticut. At their best, social studies classrooms are vehicles for dignified, challenging discussions about American society, and their physical absence across Connecticut is a loss for all its students right now. According to the National Council for the Social Studies, the primary purpose of a social studies class is “to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society.” Even amidst pandemic and economic suffering, the mission to transform young people into just such citizens is still important.