Michael Puffer

The Cities Project: With Connecticut cities struggling with blighted properties, Newburgh, N.Y., may have a solution

By , Republican American | June 24, 2019

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — South Miller Street is one of the toughest streets in the gritty little city of Newburgh, N.Y. Riven by poverty, blight, drugs and gang violence, a 2011 headline in New York Magazine labeled it the “Murder Capital of New York.” Even so, sagging rooflines, broken entryways and boarded windows of two-story and…

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How industrial assets became taxpayer liabilities

By , Republican American | June 5, 2019

WATERBURY — The irony carries great economic consequence: Once engines of Connecticut’s prosperity, the state’s former factories have long been massive liabilities for struggling cities. Connecticut has found a path to get these sites back into use, and it’s fueled with taxpayer money. Polluted industrial sites litter Connecticut’s struggling cities. Hulking, deserted and crumbling complexes…

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One problem with empty, blighted buildings? Knowing how many there are.

By , Republican American | June 2, 2019

  WATERBURY — There’s no telling how many empty industrial buildings are rotting away on polluted properties in Connecticut. The brownfield inventory maintained by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection lists 516 sites. But state officials admit that’s not comprehensive. Sites can only land on the list after state involvement in cleanup efforts.…

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Municipalities are stuck with costly, blighted shells of former industrial sites

By , Republican American | June 2, 2019

WATERBURY — One key to a better future for Connecticut’s cities could lie beneath the ugly scars from its industrial past, blighted and often toxic pockets that mar city landscapes statewide. The state has made strides developing programs to attract developers to former industrial sites in cities, spending $206 million over the past decade alone.…

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