Healthcare: Downtown Crossing Will Help New Haven Thrive

By JOHN DESTEFANO Jr. for The Hartford Courant

In a study released this year by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New Haven was named a “resurgent city” for its ability to bounce back from the recession.

The Federal Reserve recognized a long-standing effort in New Haven to create jobs in and around our growing institutions. Both Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital continue to expand, creating opportunities in medical research and technology that have produced more than 40 new companies. The new Smilow Cancer Hospital has enhanced Yale-New Haven Hospital’s position as a national leader in cancer care.

As a city, a prevailing challenge is to connect downtown with the medical district and Union Station, currently separated by the 1960s-era Route 34 expressway, to create more places for new development in a livable, walkable and transit-oriented urban environment. With incredible support from state and elected officials, this vision took a major step forward when the U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $16 million federal Tiger II grant to convert a section of Route 34 to a community-scale urban boulevard.


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