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February 22, 2020



Why do we live where we live? Single family homes, apartments, roommates, accessory apartments, group homes. There are many ways to think about HOME: rent? own? share? Where we live changes.

The single family home was a family headquarters for the first centuries of North America. Factories in the nineteenth century made both tenements and tight workers housing. After the First World War, trains mean some could commute (versus walk) to work, and new communities spread. But after World War 2 the world completely changed. The Eisenhower Federal Highway system exploded the suburbs and changed every city in America.

Home Page explores OUR HOMES: why we live the way we live. Where are we going? Are the suburbs a death sentence? Will the next generation have lifelong roommates? Will cities become residential again?

First we talk to Tom Breen about the extreme local push for apartment living. Breen is the managing editor of the New Haven Independent, where he writes about housing, politics, city government, transportation, public safety, and other local issues in New Haven.

Next we talk to Leigh Whiteman, real estate professional extraordinaire about the ongoing American Dream of single-family home living. Leigh is the creator of the Whiteman Team at William Raveis Reality in Guilford, a multigenerational group who has (in one incarnation or another) helped people find homes for half a century.

Then we speak to Susan and Bob Frew, who are and architect/developer team in New Haven: they have seen the changes in what people want in their homes and how new needs are met with old buildings.

Last, we speak to Joan Arnold, who is the Executive Director of Allied Community Enterprises (ACE) in Westchester County, New York. Joan has ideas about where and how we live is evolving as our culture changes.

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