CCNE Report highlights inequality, outlines solutions

The Connecticut Center for a New Economy is proud to release our new report, A Renaissance for All of Us: Building an Inclusive Prosperity for New Haven. The release comes on the heels of a large community meeting, held December 3, 2011 at Conte-West Hills School, at which hundreds of people from around the city came together to discuss the issues facing New Haven. In a packed school cafeteria, dozens of tables held small group discussions framed by some common questions about what people thought should be the priorities for the city in the coming year.

A Renaissance for All of Us: Building an Inclusive Prosperity for New Haven:

In recent years, New Haven has experienced a “renaissance” fueled by billions in public and private investment, aimed at attracting new affluent people and businesses, yielding high-end downtown development and the expansion of the education, research and medical sectors. This growth generates wealth for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and defense industries.

However, not enough of that wealth stays in New Haven, where neighborhoods have not recovered from the thirty-year exodus of manufacturing jobs.  As the city and its development partners focus on attracting new affluent residents and businesses, many of the families who already live here are struggling with unemployment, insufficient wages and rising housing costs. New Haven’s simultaneous stories of “renaissance” and struggle point to the history and the persistence of inequality and segregation in a city of wealth and prominence.

This report uses three particular local stories to illustrate both the problems and potential solutions in the struggle for a fair and sustainable economy in New Haven: the redevelopment of the Church Street South public housing site; the expansion of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale’s medical area; and the redevelopment of the former Winchester Repeating Arms site. Through personal stories and analysis of state and local data, the report outlines concrete policy solutions from the grassroots.

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