New Haven, CT

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New Haven, Connecticut

A population of around 130,000 people, New Haven is the state of Connecticut’s with the population evenly split between whites, African-Americans, and Latinos.

The main areas of the New Haven ghetto and urban neighborhoods are Westville, Fair Haven, the Hill, Newhallville, West Hills, housing complexes of the West Rock area, and few others.

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The Fair Haven community

In recent years the city of New Haven has seen some of its communities to be revitalize and redeveloped in the process of gentrification with the rise in rent and the fact that the private Ivy League college of Yale University is in the area of Dixwell, Newhallville, and other nearby areas.

New Haven had once seen times similar to the days of rebuilding during the times from the 1950s to the 1970s, as the city began the process of slum clearance and urban renewal with the building of housing projects and other construction projects, while in some cases removing entire neighborhoods, especially ones near New Haven’s downtown areas.

Before the 1950s, many of New Haven communities were the home of European immigrants until the arrival of southern African-Americans and Puerto Ricans and Latinos, beginning in the 1950s and 60s, as the city began urban renewal with the building of Farnam Courts, Quinnipiac Terrace and Elm Haven housing complexes during the 1940s.

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While in the beginning the city’s European immigrant population of Irish and German families would receive the best jobs and housing, after World War 2 more opportunities opened up with African-Americans receiving better employment opportunities.

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Newhallville off of Dixwell Ave.

Neighborhoods, like Dixwell was once the center and most known African-American community of the city of New Haven, but during the 1950s African-Americans were allowed to move into areas like Newhallville and by the 60s and 70s black families began to move west into the Westville and West Hills neighborhoods.

Around this time, many of the white families and old European immigrants began to move into the suburbs of Connecticut.

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Westville Manor

By the time the 90s came around, neighborhoods established their own reputation like the Island (Quinnipiac Terrace in Fair Haven) and the G aka the Ghetto (Farnam Courts) or the Tre (around Goffe Street) and the Ville (Newhallville) or the OTW (Out-The-Way) area of West Rock with the Manor (Westville Manor), the Terror Dome (Rockview) and Brookside.

Today, the city is redeveloping certain communities, starting in the early 2000s with the New Haven housing complexes of Elm Haven, Quinnipiac Terrace, Brookside and Rockview and continuing today with the help of Yale University as people are moving to suburb areas of Hamden and West Haven.

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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.

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