Letter From Greenwich: What We Talk About When We Talk About Affordable Housing

Forget it,” a Greenwich friend predicted, when I told him I was seeking local points of view for an article I was writing about a Connecticut statute known as 8-30g. “No one will talk to you.” His remark made me laugh. The statute in question—like most things in the realm of urban planning and zoning—is equally complicated and arcane; it basically sets municipal targets for guaranteed long-term affordable housing. It’s not as though we’re talking about organized crime or a cold-case murder. How could something so dull, so earnest, inspire such a dramatic response?

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