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.

Investing In A Neighborhood – It Starts With Cleaning Up

By , Documentary Production Company | June 10, 2019
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Turning Brownfields Into Assets

By , Documentary Production Company | June 10, 2019
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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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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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Video: Anamet

By | June 3, 2019

The City of Waterbury is cleaning up the Anamet site in the South End, and hoping to attract developers. Why invest in this neighborhood? We talked with people who have a stake in what happens there.

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Video: Mattatuck

By | June 3, 2019

Turning brownfields into assets: At the former site of Mattatuck Manufacturing, we talked with people who’ve outlasted the factories that shaped their lives. Seniors who’ve stayed in Waterbury are benefiting from the redevelopment of this brownfield. Like the site, they’re getting a new lease on life.

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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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