Friday, April 12, 2024


National Public Radio Highlights Westport Teardowns, Bradley House

Westport teardowns and the fight to save the Abel Bradley house got some national exposure today on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program.

The report noted that it is hard to find a street in Westport that either does not have a house being torn down or one going up and highlighted the fight to save the 200-year-old Bradley house. It can be heard online here.

Among those interviewed was WestportNow contributing photographer Dave Matlow whose photos of Westport teardowns were cited in the NPR story.

More national attention is coming to Westport because of Matlow’s photos. Over the weekend, he escorted a BusinessWeek photographer to a number of Westport teardown sites for a story on “the housing bubble” set to run in the magazine next week.

2 thoughts on “National Public Radio Highlights Westport Teardowns, Bradley House

  1. I heard the piece on NPR yesterday about teardowns in Westport. After having spent a recent 10 years living among the people of a new Eastern European democracy where the housing shortage is extreme and people scrape to live from one paycheck to another, it escapes me how people can spend a half-million or more dollars to buy a house just to tear it down and build their “dream home” for several more million. My first profession was as an historic preservationist, but now I am working to restore a world society based on justice, peace and plenty for all. My question is why these people aren’t looking beyond their own interests and using their money to help bring peace and understanding to the world. Wake up America! Make no mistake, people around the world are looking at us and our excesses. How much is enough? The common statement we’ve all heard – “I worked hard, I can afford it and it’s my right to do what I want with my money” is so blatantly elitist and self-centered. Our stated values (freedom, peace, plenty for all, etc.) are not in alignment with the way most of us, individually, are living. We are mainly focused on ourselves.
    1. The gaping disparity between the wealthy and destitute is a major cause of dissention in the world today, and particularly, of anti-Americanism. 2. The current homes or apartments these folks have are probably more luxurious than 99% of the rest of America can even dream to live in, not to mention the homes they intend to build. 3. We go out of this world the same way we came in – with nothing.
    Can you imagine what would happen if people would begin to truly live according to whatever religious belief they say they hold? Muslim, Jew, Christian, Buddhist, etc. – we are all called to use our God-given gifts for the greater good.
    All it would take to begin a major paradigm shift in the world is true alignment and solidarity – with our respective faith practices, our stated values and with our fellow women and men. And we don’t have to worry – God will always provide us adequate shelter.

  2. Fine, idealistic sentiments but anyone who would tear down a $6m house to build a grander one will likely be unmoved. In some parts of the country, teardown mania will be probably be slowed somewhat by rising inventories of cookie-cutter McMansions and rising interest rates. Here, I’m not so sure. As long as Wall Street salaries hold up and people have more dollars than sense, it will likely continue, until Westport’s new incarnation as a shopping mall ringed by mansions is complete. With any residual charm eradicated, I suspect the new package will be less appealing, and buyers will move to more unspoiled frontiers. Towns like Weston will become even more desirable…if they can manage to preserve their smart development policies against great outside pressure.

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