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Some of you may have seen the Clybourne Park play presented by the Long Wharf Theatre last season and or attended the related community conversations co presented by the Long Wharf Theatre and the New Haven Public Library. I had the pleasure of co moderating the panels with Colin Caplan and Clifton Graves. This immersion really opened my eyes to how public policy impacts the literal and metaphorical design of our lives. Note for example the increased gentrification of New Haven and what that might portend. At any rate this article sheds additional light on benign and overt intentions in the past to structure the monopoly board of life. To consider and act upon what a Great New Haven looks like now and in the future requires our proactive and honest diligence. http://tomficklin.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-ghetto-is-public-policy-...

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