In Connecticut, there are very few natural resources. There are no minerals or natural elements to be mined or harvested. But after a century of suburban growth, radiating from New York City and our constellation of small cities, we have created an economy as basic as growing food. Connecticut has places to live, lots of them, and they have value.
Proximity to New York and cities like Stamford or New Haven via rail and road was the engine of home creation because Connecticut is a lovely place: Landscape, coast, history found in a maze of small towns, most with antique centers. This resource may not be natural, like precious metals, but its value is as abiding.