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Oct. 19th, 2007 @ 01:41 pm Bridgeport
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Date:October 20th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, Connecticut cities suffer from several things. First, Connecticut is a suburban state, with these small cities in a vast sea of suburbia. There is no form of regional government to even out the vast inequalities between suburbs and city. Second, Connecticut politics are old and corrupt. Especially in the cities, as Bridgport and Waterbury show. I happen to think that DeStefano in New Haven is a pretty good guy. Thirdly, Connecticut cities are stuck between New York and Boston. Fourth: Urban Renewal! In the 60's and 70's foolish politicians deemed many areas of these cities and their residents undesireable. The replacements were harldy anything to cheer about, and anyone who lived in these cities knew that.

So there are many obstacles to overcome. The good news is that they can be: Chattanooga, Tennessee, Providence, Duluth, and many other small cities are proof of that.