After decades of decline, Connecticut’s cities are finally making a comeback. It’s a trend worth celebrating, as denser living means lower emissions, better health, more transportation choices, healthier municipal budgets and increased access to jobs.
With faster, more frequent trains to Boston and New York City and more walkable and transit-oriented downtowns, one can see the outlines of Connecticut’s success in the 21st century. To realize this future, we must not only invest in a modern, multi-modal transportation system but confront and counteract the catastrophic legacy of 20th-century car culture.
But by expanding Connecticut’s highways while neglecting transit and basic infrastructure for walking and biking, Gov. Ned Lamont’s CT2030 plan favors suburbs over cities and fails to tackle the problem of transportation emissions.