One of the wealthiest towns in Connecticut is about to become a staging ground for a protest about economic inequality, according to Occupy Wall Street activists.
“Occupy Darien” is now set for Wednesday and Thursday of this week, with demonstrators planning to gather between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day at Tilley Pond Park near Darien’s Metro-North train station.
The focus for this protest in “the backyard of the 1 percent” is on housing inequality.
The federal Department of Justice has an ongoing investigation of allegations that Darien has violated the Fair Housing Act.
The trigger for that probe was a local zoning regulation giving certain people preference for affordable housing in this affluent community, primarily providing an edge to people already living in Darien, which some experts said could be seen as exclusionary because the town has so few minority residents now.
A lawsuit claiming the town is biased against housing that might attract minorities was filed in November by a former resident. The suit claims the planning and zoning commission is trying to keep blacks out by “keeping housing costs prohibitively high…”