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.

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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Fix Connecticut’s cities to attract more young people

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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Reasons to revitalize Connecticut’s cities

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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More community views on healthcare

By , CT Mirror | February 26, 2019

Between the election and the inauguration, The Connecticut Mirror conducted a second round of community conversations. We met 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) in Waterbury. In this installment we asked the…

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Community Conversations: Revitalizing Cities

By and , CT Mirror | December 24, 2018

Public parks, playgrounds and open, outdoor spaces are scattered throughout cities and towns across Connecticut. But Bridgeport mother Elman Rodriguez does not feel safe letting her children play in any of those spaces near their home. “Anything that I want to do with my kids, I do it outside Bridgeport,” Rodriguez said. “I won’t take…

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How can government make a difference in your life?

By , CT Mirror | November 5, 2018

During this election season The Connecticut Mirror is convening groups of people from around the state to ask their opinions on key campaign issues and their perceptions of the appropriate role of government. The participants in each group share a common circumstance or stage of life: people living with a behavioral health challenge in New…

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Community Conversations: A need for more health care and health care reform

By , CT Mirror | November 4, 2018

During this election season, the CT Mirror convened groups of people from around the state to ask their opinions on key campaign issues and their perceptions of the appropriate role of government. A common theme: health care — the cost, the disparities and the need for change. The participants in each “Community Conversation” held in…

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