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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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Commentary: A blueprint to lowering Hartford’s property-tax rate

By , Hartford Business Journal | August 15, 2019

The summer is often a time for light reading, preferably on a sandy beach away from the hustle and bustle of work life. But instead of providing our readers with fluffy features this summer, Hartford Business Journal set out to cover and explain a thorny, complicated and important issue that will directly impact the future…

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Some cities and towns see tax-break deals as key to economic growth

By , and , Hartford Business Journal | August 12, 2019

A number of Connecticut municipalities use tax breaks or incentives to stimulate growth. But for some, particularly cities like Hartford and New Haven with high tax rates, they can be the literal lifeblood of much of the economic development that occurs within their borders. Even towns with lower property-tax rates like Windsor resort to tax-fixing…

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A major tax deal for a prominent Hartford landlord

By and , Hartford Business Journal | August 12, 2019

A recent and notable tax-break deal the city of Hartford hatched in recent years was with one of its most prominent downtown landlords: Shelbourne Global. Shelbourne is a New York realty investor/developer/landlord that has purchased more than $200 million in Hartford real estate over the last few years, including some of downtown’s most prized Class…

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