MAYOR TO REGIONAL PLANNING ASSEMBLY: CITY MAKING PROGRESS TOWARD DESIRABLE, TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT
(4/24/2014) New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp today made a presentation on the topic: ‘Revitalizing Regional Downtowns’ to an assembly convened by the Regional Plan Association (RPA). Mayor Harp has been a longstanding and steadfast advocate for New Haven as the economic, cultural, and social services hub for the entire south-central portion of Connecticut.
Mayor Harp took part in a panel discussion focused on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD); the mayor’s remarks were made this afternoon at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
“The Hill to Downtown Plan connects several nearby, walkable residential communities near the train station with globally renowned Yale University Campus, with the heart of our downtown food, entertainment and business district, with our 4th largest-in-the-country medical center, and finally with a 100-acre redevelopment district ready for new bio-techs, luxury hotels and a rebuilt networks of streets and urban infrastructure,” Mayor Harp said. “At the same time, our plan will mend a 60-year history of business and land use devastation – the result of the most aggressive and expansive urban renewal effort in the nation at the time.”
“By seamlessly connecting our train station to a range of new housing, high tech offices, appropriate and unobtrusive parking structures, new retail options and a reinstalled street grid – a return to where we started in 1955 – we expect to almost double the size and effectiveness of our downtown – already prized as the best urban locale for young knowledge workers in the state,” Mayor Harp added.
RPA assembles civic and business leaders from throughout greater New York each year to discuss major issues affecting economic prosperity and quality of life in the region. This year the assembled leaders explored the next regional plan while considering how to create more livable, prosperous and equitable communities, protect against severe weather, and address fiscal and governance challenges.
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