Opportunity Zones in New Haven and Final Reflections

Season 1, Episode 8

In Episode 8: Opportunity Zones in New Haven and Final Reflections, podcast hosts Song Kim, MBA candidate and Professor Kate Cooney begin by reviewing the work done in the Spring 2019 Inclusive Economic Development Lab class, where teams of students learned about 4 neighborhoods in New Haven that contain OZ tracts and made suggestions about how the models we studied (Food Halls, Fab Labs, CLTs) might be deployed in each neighborhood.  The neighborhoods are: Hill South, Dixwell, Newhallville and Fair Haven.  Next, Song and Kate review some of the key insights from the interviews with the guests we met over Season 1 of CitySCOPE podcast and highlight some general takeaways about the challenges and opportunities in inclusive economic development work. We finish with some general reflections of our own. 

Thanks for taking this journey with us, we hope it is useful in sparking your imagination about how to make Opportunity Zone investment create real opportunities for the communities currently living in the zones.  Join us again next summer for Season 2 of CitySCOPE podcast!


1. City of New Haven, OZ information here

2. Data dashboard on New Haven OZs, here

3. Opportunity Zone Beckons, New Haven Independent, (April 10, 2019) article here

4. Accelerator for America recommendations to cities on developing zone level prospectuses, read more and find examples here

5. The IEDL slides for OPPORTUNITY ZONE level prospectuses for New Haven, created by IEDL Spring 2019 Yale SOM students and other information are available under the Spring IEDL section of the website.

*Photo of NXTHVN develoment rendering, courtesy of Jason Price

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