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Middle class eroding, gap widening in Bristol, R.I.

Yachts and a food pantry in uneasy juxtaposition

BRISTOL, R.I. — With its sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, this quaint sailing town boasts waterfront mansions, postcard-perfect New England inns, trendy gastropubs, and a museum to the America’s Cup yacht race.

Yet a few short blocks from the seaside parks and granite docks is another side of Bristol not found on the tourist maps. On weekday mornings, people stream into the basement of a former rubber mill where the town’s food pantry does a brisk business.

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