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View Poll Results: Which of these cities would improve the most over the next 15 years?
Hartford, CT 4 14.29%
New Haven, CT 1 3.57%
Bridgeport, CT 0 0%
Waterbury, CT 0 0%
Providence, RI 4 14.29%
Worcester, MA 1 3.57%
Springfield, MA 0 0%
Lowell, MA 0 0%
Providence, RI 2 7.14%
Albany, NY 2 7.14%
Buffalo, NY 3 10.71%
Rochester, NY 3 10.71%
Camden, NJ 3 10.71%
Rochester, NY 3 10.71%
Allentown, PA 1 3.57%
Reading, PA 0 0%
Erie, PA 0 0%
Scranton, PA 1 3.57%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-17-2014, 10:03 PM
 
Location: USA
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List of Northeastern Cities In The Poll:

Note: Cities in this poll are located in the region of New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Also note that all cities in this poll have a population of 70,000 to 300,000

Cities:
Hartford, CT
New Haven, CT
Bridgeport, CT
Waterbury, CT
Providence, RI
Worcester, MA
Springfield, MA
Lowell, MA
Manchester, NH
Albany, NY
Buffalo, NY
Rochester, NY
Camden, NJ
Trenton, NJ
Allentown, PA
Reading, PA
Erie, PA
Scranton, PA

If you had to choose from this list, which cities would start/continue to decline and which cities would improve by seeing more jobs, population increase, improved infrastructure, and a better economy?

Poll Question: Which of these cities would improve the most over the next 15 years?
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:12 PM
 
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Sorry Everyone

You may have noticed I accidently put 2 Rochesters in the poll.

The option under Camden should have been put as Trenton
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I voted for Buffalo. The city is undergoing a renaissance as we speak. I think Rochester will improve as well. Hartford is a sad situation right now with 35% poverty rate, very high crime, very little nightlife and just nothing exciting going for it. However, it does have potential. The location is great, the suburbs are fabulous. There's an international airport nearby, lots of shopping and amenities, etc. But I just don't see anything happening with it for a long time. It's an extreme welfare city with no hope. The architecture is amazing though, and the skyline is very appealing for a city of its size. It also looks nice right next to the CT river.

Fortunately, however, West Hartford is quite vibrant and popular. East Hartford is meh.
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:21 AM
 
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I voted for Buffalo. The city is undergoing a renaissance as we speak. I think Rochester will improve as well. Hartford is a sad situation right now with 35% poverty rate, very high crime, very little nightlife and just nothing exciting going for it. However, it does have potential. The location is great, the suburbs are fabulous. There's an international airport nearby, lots of shopping and amenities, etc. But I just don't see anything happening with it for a long time. It's an extreme welfare city with no hope. The architecture is amazing though, and the skyline is very appealing for a city of its size. It also looks nice right next to the CT river.

Fortunately, however, West Hartford is quite vibrant and popular. East Hartford is meh.
Couldnt have said it better. Although there are many projects in Hartford such as the Downtown North Project and Busway. A city like Hartford needs more mass transit but I think the developers are over exaggerating when they mentioned that people would take the busway instead of driving. It makes no sense to drive to the bus station and then take a bus into Hartford. It may ease a little congestion on the highway but the busway seems to be a temporary fix to the traffic issues in the area.
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:06 AM
 
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Providence already has gentrification in place resulting in a fairly vibrant downtown and interesting neighborhoods. There is also very good transportation infrastructure in place as well for a city of its size. All it needs now is JOBS.
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:53 PM
 
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EASILY hartford. it has the highest GDP out of any of these cities. even though the city itself is run down, the hartford metro area is pretty wealthy and has a lot of jobs. since cities in general are making a comeback, and people want urban living, i think more of this wealth will move into the city. plus, once high speed rail takes place from DC to Boston, Hartford will be a stop between NYC and Boston. that's attractive..
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:12 AM
 
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EASILY hartford. it has the highest GDP out of any of these cities. even though the city itself is run down, the hartford metro area is pretty wealthy and has a lot of jobs. since cities in general are making a comeback, and people want urban living, i think more of this wealth will move into the city. plus, once high speed rail takes place from DC to Boston, Hartford will be a stop between NYC and Boston. that's attractive..
^This is because Companies like UTC are headquarters here, but we (Hartford Metro) are not big into manufacturing. GDP is calculated by physical address of Company, not the location the product was made. Fun fact, guess what Fairfield County (CT) largest EXPORT is...times up..Corn/Wheat. This is because the hedge funds owns stock in agribusiness and the majority of firms are located in FFC. Not sure there is even a farm in FFC. lol, jk

I do agree that Hartford is trying to gain it's foothold in becoming a major player in terms of Cities. We are building the infrastructure, we have the school and education system, and the human capital is the BEST in the Country.

Connecticut, specifically Hartford, will become a powerhouse in a couple years. Everyone will want to be in Connecticut. We'll overtake Austin, Raleigh and other popular Cities for in terms of growth.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:00 AM
 
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There are other cities in the region within that population range that aren't listed.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:13 AM
 
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It seems like Providence and Springfield have nightlife but no jobs, while Hartford, Worcester and Lowell have jobs but no nightlife.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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Hartford and Connecticut will overtake austin and Raleigh?

How so? Unless Connecticut magically gets a significantly warmer climate, thousands and thousands of jobs, a nightlife scene, cost of living goes down and so on I can't imagine that scenario.
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