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New Haven’s Dwight neighborhood lies along the western edge of Yale University’s campus. Once considered one of New Haven’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Dwight’s standing has since diminished. Still, the neighborhood remains home to a bevy of beautiful nineteenth century houses and, by all accounts, constitutes a standard working class New Haven neighborhood. With its long rows of two-story homes, punctuated by the occasional low-rise apartment building, Dwight appears void of public housing or any other “affordable housing” developments. A smattering of Section 8 vouchers are probably floating around, an informed passerby might surmise, but the neighborhood’s housing market likely functions the way most residential housing markets function in America: the private sector built the housing, leaving private homeowners to own and private landlords to rent.


SAW Final Draft, April 27, 2017