Glaeser IForum Talk Focuses on Benefits of Density

Originally published on the Partnership for Strong Communities website

April 1, 2011

On Thursday, March 31, noted Harvard economist Edward Glaesertold more than 160 attendees at the Lyceum in Hartford that density in cities and other locations can bring together smart, creative residents who can enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of residents.

Glaeser’s talk at The Lyceum Resource and Conference Center in Hartford, "Reenergizing The Cities of New England: Creating Density and Affordable Housing, Attracting Skilled Labor and Preserving Our Economy," highlighted the need to embrace density and to make investments that will attract human capital to a city, such as improving the local school system. Glaeser spoke about the fact that the most productive areas of the nation are also the most dense and that density helps maintain affordability while fostering the creativity and innovation that attracts a skilled and educated workforce.

Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University; he recently authored the book Triumph of the City and has written extensively on urban issues, including urban growth, segregation, crime, and housing markets. His presentation was the fourth event in the IForums series, organized by the Partnership for Strong Communtities.

Glaeser was welcomed by Governor Malloy's Chief of Staff, Tim Bannon, and his presentation was followed by a panel discussion which was moderated by Andrea Pereira, Executive Director of the Connecticut Office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Panelists included the Hon. Pedro Segarra, Mayor of Hartford, the Hon. Mark Boughton, Mayor of Danbury, Rep. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, House Majority Leader, and Rep. Themas Klarides, R-Derby, Dep. House Minority Leader.

Read news coverage of the event:

Hartford Courant- Hartford's Front Street: Does It Matter Anymore?
New Haven Register- Economist lists dynamics for vibrant cities
CT News Junkie- Helping Cities Triumph