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Report Looks at America’s Ability to Create Prosperous Communities

Reconnecting America
 

A new report from Reconnecting America - “Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America” –  assesses how close America is to creating complete communities across the country. Reconnecting America defines complete communities as areas where people can live, work, and thrive in a healthier, more equitable and more economically competitive way. These communities can exist in rural, urban, and suburban areas, and according to Reconnecting America their creation will determine the ability of the U.S. to move forward in a competitive and prosperous way.

The report takes data from the nation’s 366 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and gives them grades based on where they fall in regard to 4 categories:

  • Living - how are regions doing on creating housing choices that are affordable and accessible to people with a variety of needs.
  • Working - how are regions doing on creating jobs in the places where people of all incomes can access them and improve their opportunities.
  • Moving - how are regions doing on creating safe and accessible transportation choices.
  • Thriving  - how are regions doing on creating opportunities for safe, fun, and healthy lifestyles through access to parks, healthy food, etc.

Three MSAs in Connecticut were graded in the report:

  • The Hartford MSA received a D for Living, B for Working, C for Moving and B for Thriving.
  • The New Haven MSA did better with A for Living, B for Working, B for Moving, and B for Thriving.
  • The Bridgeport MSA did the best with A for Living, B for Working, B for Moving, and A for Thriving.

The full press release is available here.

Click here to download the report.

 
 

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