Connecticut residents have the opportunity to end segregation in our state. During these summer months, we marched and rallied in communities across Connecticut, including my hometown of Darien. We marched for a more just nation, calling for an end to racist institutions, policies and systems. We sent a strong message that change is needed now. This moment demands that we match our marching with the hard work of reimagining our community, our state and our laws to create a more just Connecticut This requires we understand the facts, listen to new ideas and ask questions.
The fact is, while Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, we are also one of the most segregated, and maintain one of the highest achievement and wealth gaps in the country. Many of our zoning policies directly contribute to this institutionalized segregation and disparity. Laws that require McMansion size lots, unnecessary numbers of parking spaces and prohibit apartment-style homes all contribute to the injustice many of us have spent the summer marching against. As ideas are proposed to fix these problems, it’s important to keep these facts in mind and the goal of desegregating the state at the forefront.