A report released by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities reinforces Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s push for regionalism in greater Hartford.  Speaking of four major cities in Connecticut, Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury, the report states, “These four communities bear a disproportionate burden when it comes to providing services for Connecticut’s neediest residents.  At the same time, these cities are regional hubs for economic development, health care, and culture. If these hubs fail, the suburbs around them will also plummet. People won’t move their families or businesses to regions without a strong cultural and work base.”

The Courant quotes Bronin responding to the CCM report, “Cities have a different set of burdens, responsibilities and challenges, and if we want our cities to be successful so our state can be healthy and strong, then we’ve got to build a system that allows cities to meet those responsibilities effectively.”

Group Warns: As Cities Go, So Go The Suburbs — Hartford Courant

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