the american dream



"Untitled" © Lisa Kereszi

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This is an abandoned, graffiti-ed beachside home in Long Beach West in the Town of Stratford. A few years ago, the local government took a whole settlement of waterfront cottages by eminent domain after a (suspicious?) bridge fire in the nineties made the area inaccessible by surface road for emergency personnel. People were forced to leave their homes, complete with furniture and personal effects mostly intact. Teenagers and partiers  have broken into them and smashed anything made of glass, and squatters have been living out there. The homes (plus an amusement area) are finally being demolished with stimulus funds, and the area has been sold to U.S Fish and Wildlife to soon become a bird sanctuary.