Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, February 03, 2012

More Connecticut communities looking at municipal option for utility delivery

After the debacle of October's freak winter snowstorm which paralyzed parts of the Northeast for days, and had hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents without electrical power for as much as 10 days, the fallout cost the president of Connecticut Power & Light his job and now the issue has been taken a step further as the Connecticut State Legislature is holding hearings about how communities can go about creating their own local utilities. See "Groups mull over idea of more community-owned utilities" from the New Haven Register.

When Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews floated a similar idea with regard to Pepco and Montgomery County, due to the rampant service failures experienced there, local newspapers (the Gazette opinion columnists, Washington Examiner) excoriated the idea. See "Press piling on Montgomery County's utility dreams."

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