Zoning and Exclusion in West Hartford, Then and Now

6:00 PM Thursday, May 16 at the Noah Webster House

The origins of residential zoning in Connecticut can be traced back to West Hartford’s attempt to block a Hartford Jewish grocer from building a store in a residential neighborhood. Although town leaders failed to block this store, they sparked a statewide political movement to create stronger legal tools to control real estate development and exclude certain types of property – and people. This program will explore how West Hartford instituted Connecticut’s first zoning regulations in 1924 and efforts today to address economic segregation wrought by zoning over the past 100 years.

Speakers:
Jack Dougherty, Professor and Director of Educational Studies, Trinity College
Victoria Asfalg, Policy and Data Analyst, Open Communities Alliance

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

No charge, registration required – seating limited to 50 people