SOLUTIONS FOR CONNECTICUT’S CITIES

The Cities Project is collaborative journalism and reporting on how to revitalize Connecticut cities from The Connecticut Mirror, Connecticut Public Radio, Hearst Connecticut Media, The Hartford Courant, the Republican-American (of Waterbury), the Hartford Business Journal, and Purple States.

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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New housing code in Hartford would keep slumlords from hiding behind LLCs

By , Hartford Courant | June 5, 2019

Inspired by a resident-led campaign against housing failures in Hartford’s poorest neighborhoods, city leaders are working to close municipal loopholes that allow anonymous slumlords to operate unchecked. The Housing Code, proposed by Mayor Luke Bronin, would work to correct and prevent neglect in city rentals by imposing new licensing schedules and fees — including regulating…

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In Bridgeport, a former factory is being transformed from blighted property to a model of revitalization

By , Republican American | June 4, 2019

  BRIDGEPORT — Gary Flocco, managing partner of Corvus Capital Partners, excitedly spoke over the sound of power tools and the shouts of hard-hat clad builders working in the concrete hallways of the former Graphophone Co. “We see ourselves as catalyst developers,” said Flocco, speaking under caged light bulbs strung above piles of pipes. “We’ll…

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Lawmakers press for new redevelopment agency in state budget

By , CT Mirror | June 4, 2019

Bolstered by hefty public subsidy, a spate of development projects dots the capital region with the aim of revitalizing neighborhoods, bridging communities and putting more feet on the street. Lawmakers now want to extend that opportunity to the rest of the state. Tucked away in the budget bill is a provision to form the Municipal…

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READER OPINION: Give cities better tools to address blight

By , CT Mirror | June 4, 2019

In every Connecticut city and many Connecticut towns, you can find neighborhoods weighed down by blight – collapsed roofs, boarded windows, graffiti, overgrown vegetation.  Sometimes it’s just a single blighted property, standing out among well-cared-for homes and businesses.  Sometimes it’s property after property, whole blocks that have fallen victim to the contagion of unaddressed blight.…

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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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A Time For Cities

By , CT Mirror | March 28, 2019

Connecticut’s cities were the glories of their time. Handsome and self-reliant, well-built and functional, they were economic dynamos, often known by the products they made: The Hat City, Brass City, Silk City, etc. These cities made the state strong. And then the U.S. won World War II. Many cities hit their population peaks just after the war,…

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Voices From Connecticut – Waterbury

By , CT Mirror | March 13, 2019

The Cities Project, a collaboration between CT Mirror, CT Public Radio, Hearst CT, The Hartford Courant, Republican-American of Waterbury, Hartford Business Journal, and Purple States, will publish periodic articles exploring challenges and solutions related to revitalizing Connecticut’s cities.  As part of the cities project, we recently asked a group of residents from Waterbury  “How important…

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Voices From Connecticut – Bridgeport

By , CT Mirror | March 12, 2019

The Connecticut Mirror is conducting ongoing conversations with members of various communities about topics of  interest to them, their families and the public.   We are meeting with college students in Hartford, people living with a behavioral health challenge in New Haven, people with young children in Bridgeport, and ALICE residents (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)…

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