New Haven continues to work towards revitalizing its neighborhoods, albeit at a slow pace, reports the Yale Daily News. Mayor Toni Harp has made strides on her campaign promise to change City Hall’s relationship with neighborhoods beyond the downtown, including appointing former state representative Stephen Fontana as deputy director of economic development and charging him with spearheading efforts to revitalize New Haven’s neighborhoods.
Last March, the Mayor Harp’s office, through the Economic Development Corporation, contracted CMSC to survey four major corridors — Dixwell, Whalley, Grand and Congress Avenues — and make recommendations on how to spur development. CMSC’s report recommended that the City utilize the Main Street Approach, advocated by the National Main Street Center, and empower stakeholders from each neighborhood to create and implement action plans for their neighborhoods, working with City officials to obtain funding for their proposals.
In November, Mr. Fontana will add two additional consultants to training sessions on the Main Street approach, hopefully beginning the fundamental transformation of some of the city’s most deprived neighborhoods.