We’ve already begun a historic transformation
Change is already under way. Across the valley and capital city, people have been working on hundreds of initiatives to make us more sustainable, prosperous, equitable, mobile, and vibrant. In the face of climate change, economic upheaval, inequality of opportunity, population loss, and unsustainable car-centric sprawl, major progress has been made in launching innovative businesses; investing in new schools and hospitals; building new transit systems and bike-walk paths; reconnecting us to our riverfronts; converting empty mills and office towers into housing; fostering greater social diversity; adding vibrancy to our town and city centers; and building on our outsized cultural assets. Heading towards 2035, we can continue and accelerate those efforts.
our environment is becoming more sustainable, resilient, and accessible.
We’ve won national recognition for our environmental efforts in agriculture, renewable energy, active transportation, and riverfront renewal, but there’s more to be done.
our economy is becoming more prosperous and innovative.
Our centuries-old knack for invention has seeded a next-generation innovation economy that is growing fast; our colleges are expanding, and we’ve upped our game on talented workforce, job training, and “new economy” work settings.
our communities are becoming more diverse and equitable.
Quality affordable housing is springing up in neighborhoods that have needed new investment; factories and mill buildings, once abandoned, are becoming housing and offices; but many communities still suffer from lack of equity and opportunity.
our transport is becoming more multi-modal and flexible.
New commuter rail, bus rapid transit, bike routes, pedestrian paths and transit-oriented development are improving the way we move. But work remains to finish the Hartford line, expand the airport, and rethink our highway system.
our culture is becoming more varied and vibrant.
Our sports stadiums, art museums, music halls, and neighborhood cultural attractions are pulling in visitors from across the Northeast; downtown is emerging as a vibrant urban and residential hub.
in time for our 400th, here’s what we could accomplish together.
If we take full advantage of our extraordinary location, we can become the green, river-centered crossroads of New England.
If we increase our population and density, and expand our workforce and knowledge economy, we can become one of the nation’s most prosperous regions.
If we continue to increase our housing choices, density, and neighborhood investment, we can become a model of equity, diversity, opportunity, and affordable livability.
If we continue our shift from car-dependence to broad-based mobility, we can become a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented network of town and city centers.
If we continue to enhance our centers, connect our assets, and tell our story, we can become a national magnet for arts, culture, and recreation.
If we continue to enhance our centers, connect our assets, and tell our story, we can become a national magnet for arts, culture, and recreation