A town in upstate New York is taking the bold measure of outlawing roommates in single-family homes in residential neighborhoods, much to the chagrin of twenty-somethings in the vicinity among other potentially aggrieved parties.
Local press reports
on Watertown City Council's decision, by a vote of three to two, to no longer allow unmarried and unrelated folks to live together in single-family homes. The impetus for the move came after one area resident complained that her neighbor was living with his fiance and two roomies, and didn't want the arrangement to become commonplace. Upon gathering
enough signatures to give her preference a hearing, the town's powers-that-be collectively came down on her side, claiming to want to preserve the character of the community.
But one dissenting council member, Teresa Macaluso, expressed her problem with the new law:
"All we're doing is hurting the people who live in this community," she said, citing tough economics times and the harm to returning soldiers - many of whom need roommates - and same-sex couples the law would bring.
Via Reason and Your News Now.