Stop Trying to Make Other People Meet YOUR Defenition of Family
Once again, Connecticut has managed to surprise me. I thought we were past trying to tell other people how to live their lives; apparently I was mistaken.
Hartford's zoning board of appeals is upholding a ridiculous zoning law, apparently from 1901 (I can't be assed to look it up, the article has the pertinent deets,) defining who can, and can't, live in a single family, privately owned home. It does allow for an unlimited number of servants to live in the house. I'm sure you can tell the intent of this zoning law, but if you can't let me spell it out for you: "Ok, how do we keep the poor people out of our neighborhood?"
It's hard not to come to the conclusion that this family is being targeted because:
a. The Poors are living in our neighborhood
b. Mike McGarry has a friend who wants the house for his traditional family (his wife and their 2 prize winning Pomeranians)
c. John Kennelly, who likely still has the word "coloreds" in his daily vocabulary, doesn't want the fourteen servants in his West End mansion getting any bright ideas.
Ok, look, snark aside, it is incredibly fucked up that in 2015 we still have busybodies who insist on telling other people how to live their lives. These folks have something exceedingly rare here; a family based, not on blood, but the iron-clad bond of true friendship. They are trusting each other with finances, with childrearing, with everything that it takes to be a family and run a household. How many friends do you have that you could trust like that? No, not them, stop, think, real hard. Not very many, eh?
I'm sure there's plenty of rich, single child couples that could have used all the leftover square footage for a playroom for Skylar, and a man cave for Daddy next to his office so he can take a break from his long hours working from home, and a gym for Mommy so she can train for her mid-life crisis marathons even in the winter. Those aren't the people who bought the house. The people who bought the house are an 11 member tribe who wanted to live under the same roof because they all love each other that much. And the neighbors, and the zoning board members, well, they don't feel that's a real family and they will, by god, be put out on the street in order to uphold the standards of this fine West End neighborhood.