Good News? Forbes Labels Talbot County the “New Hamptons”

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  1. Mary Greeley says:

    No. They say rising tides lift all boats and sometimes this is true, but rising tides also have a nasty habit of washing things away. There are so many conversations to have about the growth of this community but in my opinion, turning it into a place that looks anything like the Hamptons is not the direction to go. Growth and change are crucial for thriving communities, but this kind of growth is arrogant. It takes the stories and histories of communities and commodifies them. Easton is full of transplants and locals who all have understandings of what the shore means to them, but when an area is broken down into a checklist of parts like tractors and farmers markets, it is robbed of its true character and soul in order to sell real estate. Investment can be very good, and already has been in many ways for Easton, but there is a level of investment which has the potential to make the community unaffordable to individuals who may have smaller voices, but a larger stake.

    • Sarah K. Porter says:

      Okay, this is from Forbes so I get the focus on wealth. But it’s a pretty blatant real estate pitch and doesn’t mention things like the fact that more than quarter of our public school children live in poverty and more than a quarter of our population is over 65. Celebrities, waterfront estates and the foodie scene are not the full measure of Talbot County. And I’d have thought that SOMEONE at Forbes might have noticed the misspelling (Mitchner!) of a famous author’s name.

  2. Helen Chappell says:

    A reliable source who is a Realtor informs me that this piece was written by someone who allegedly owns a one bath, one bedroom home in Easton who wants to list it for more than $70K over what he paid for it not long ago. She also points out these “New Hamptons” pieces emerge every few years. Most people discover an hour backup on the Bay Bridge and clogged beach traffic on summer weekends aren’t worth the effort to get here. Rehobeth is closer to the tone of the Hamptons than the Shore.

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