I live in a population distilled snob zone of Boston called New Hampshire. New England calls it “rural”, unable to digest it’s suburban.
– The girls next door live in a 2700 sq ft house with a pristine lawn and go skiing every winter. And they tell me the doctor said two of them have malnutrition, and that they never have juice in the house, Mom said it’s too expensive, so they now take vitamin pills instead. Being home schooled, they have no backup, a school lunch to fill in the, let’s just call it void. And they are seemingly well adjusted, except for the obvious intense social anxiety from living in isolation. While living at home, their universe is family, church friends and other. As an “other”, we’ve lived next door for 15 years and the girls tell me their parents claim they don’t know their neighbors, apparently limiting “know” to only their church members.
– The citizenry has started to complain bitterly about the sharp uptake in our tax rate and the lack of affordable housing for their grown young adults and, as they age, for themselves as elder. They live in the zoning prison they’ve created over the decades, solely McMansions on mega lots, to banish the neglected inner city and “preserve” land for conservation and public enjoyment. Public enjoyment being observe it as you drive past to where you do all your business, in the inner cities. This is a highly effective system for the large landowners, winning sales of large lots for development and mega sales of extensive acreage for conservation, aka the locals’ retirement fund. These large acreages are damned near tax exempt so they’re held for near free until sold off for either development or conservation.
– As the landscape is dot housing occupied, long distance commuters roll in late onto their individual lot isolated residences. The town elders who built this zone haven, with the exception of the large land owners, move off to affordable urban residences as “rural” living is no longer affordable. In response to state mandates for integrated “affordable” and “workforce” housing zoning, the large land holders converged to zone large acreage requirements for islands of affordable and workforce housing which naturally is unaffordable and not integrated. But it’ll take years of court fights to undo and will drive affordable and workforce construction efforts to look elsewhere. And so as the remaining residents sink more and more funds into this fiscal black hole, they are bewildered as to why no business will set up shop in these sparsely populated, no infrastructure townships and bewildered by the transient unengaged remaining distilled citizenry.