State of Disparity

Fence symbolically and literally divides neighbors
8:33 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Haven starts removing controversial fence between public housing and neighboring Hamden

A front loader took down a section of the New Haven-Hamden fence on Monday
Credit Craig LeMoult

New Haven began demolishing a fence on Monday that for 50 years separated a public housing complex in the city from the town of Hamden.  For some, the fence had become a symbol of racial and economic division between two communities.

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State of Disparity
5:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

City mayors describe inequality with suburbs

Two mayors of Connecticut cities and one former mayor commiserated on Tuesday about the economic disadvantages of the state’s urban areas.  They spoke at a conference focused on economic inequality in the state, sponsored by the online news outlet the Connecticut Mirror.

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6:27 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

State of Disparity: Trying to reach the bottom rung of the economic ladder

Rodney Moore of New Haven Family Alliance speaking with participants in the Project Success Program
Credit Craig LeMoult

As WSHU has been reporting in its "State of Disparity" series, Connecticut has one of the widest gaps between the wealthy and the poor in the country. A report out this week by researchers at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley found the chance that someone in the bottom fifth of the economic ladder in Connecticut could rise to the top fifth is about 8%. For some young low-income people, even the bottom rung of that ladder feels out of reach.

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