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Louisville: Lessons from a regional city

By , CT Mirror | October 22, 2019

Louisville, Ky. — Louisville is known for bourbon, baseball bats and a famous horse race, but the city on the southern bank of the wide Ohio River has another distinction: it is the last large city in the country to have merged with its surrounding county. In 2003, the city merged with Jefferson County, creating…

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Lowell comeback: From textiles to tech, and maybe textiles again

By , CT Mirror | October 17, 2019

Lowell, Mass. — On a warm and pleasant Sunday in August, Len Tarmey and his wife Kathy were in the top row of the right field grandstand of LeLacheur Park, watching their hometown Lowell Spinners, Single A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, zip around the bases. The couple, in their 70s, can remember when…

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Colleges help drive urban revival, but town-gown relationships can be fraught

By , CT Mirror | October 11, 2019

New Haven was stumbling and struggling in the 1980s and early 1990s. Downtown was moribund, litter-strewn and dangerous — a Yale student (among others) was killed on the street in 1991. Yale alumni started checking in from around the country, telling school officials that the negative image of the city was discouraging applications. The university…

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Reviving cities must include the excluded

By , CT Mirror | September 19, 2019

A quarter century ago, downtown Hartford was 8/5 rather than 24/7. People drove in for work or UConn games and then headed back to the suburbs. It was hard to even buy a cup of coffee on weekends. That has changed. With 1,500 new apartments completed or in construction, a new UConn branch, new transportation…

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Back to the future with transit-oriented development

By , CT Mirror | July 31, 2019

New Britain — The decades after World War II were unkind to many Connecticut cities, New Britain among them. The Hardware City lost jobs, was carved up by highways and saw residents depart for the suburbs. Its once bustling downtown began to look desolate, almost like an archeological site. Not anymore. Downtown New Britain is steadily…

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