“All my friends are headed to D.C., New York or San Francisco,” said Meg Evans, a 22-year-old senior at Yale University who has lived in Connecticut virtually her whole life. “That’s a big pull.”
Many of her friends, she said, actually live in Manhattan and make the reverse commute to work in Stamford.
“If you go to those train stations in Fairfield County, there are as many people coming in as going out,” Lamont responded.
One woman caught Lamont’s attention when she said she left the famed Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and is now teaching political science at the University of Connecticut. She said that Connecticut would be a better state if there was a light rail system to get from UConn to New Haven.
Others in the roundtable discussed the long-stalled New Britain-to-Hartford busway, although some said that will not make much difference in the quality of life in either of those cities.
Lamont told the YPs he would like to see Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport become powerful cities again.
Read the Courant’s blog post here.