Supporting Connecticut Veterans; College Presidents on Reverse PILOT; a Study on Parking

Are parking spaces hurting economic development in cities?
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A conference was held in Hartford on Thursday to open up discussion about Connecticut’s veterans. The event came just one day after an Iraq War veteran opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas, wounding 16 and killing four, including himself. This hour, we talk about what happened at Fort Hood, and take a look at some of the services that are available to our veterans.

We’ve also been talking about a plan by Connecticut’s House Speaker that he calls "reverse PILOT." It’s basically an idea to revamp the way towns get tax relief for being home to tax-exempt organizations like colleges and hospitals. It would force organizations to pay taxes to the town, and not surprisingly, they’re not happy about it.

Later, a story this week by WNPR reporter Alan Yu revealed something we’ve been following for a long time: cities with lots of parking spaces might actually be hurting their chances for economic development. We talk with the author of a UConn study about city parking.


  • Chris McCluskey - Vice president of housing and community services at Community Renewal Team
  • Laurie Harkness - Professor in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, and director of the Errera Community Care Center, part of the Veterans Administration of Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Mark Scheinberg - President of Goodwin College
  • Norman Garrick - Associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of Connecticut