Is New Haven remaking its “model cities” 1960s vision or is it the Next Wave “Greatest Small City in America,” that is the question.

New painted bikeway paths, good. Attacking UBER, bad.

Start-up culture”, good.  Supporting a gambling hall down the road, bad.

Life can be quite good, in the Elm City, if you’re a New York based developer, student, single, don’t have kids, and most especially NOT if you are homeowner or worse yet - a small investor improving your property, trying to find tenants.

New Haven appears to be booming, people crowd downtown, restaurants are hopping, even small retailers are doing some business. Yale’s property division, celebrates retail announcements and openings nearly weekly.

amazon fulfilment centerOPINION

Amazon’s $255 Million Plant and Nearly 2000 New Jobs

One of America’s premier companies announces a $255 million dollar investment and nearly 2000 new jobs and it doesn’t even make it to the top of the New Haven Register or Hartford Courant "news app" story list.

On NPR one commentator disparaged the “type of jobs” in their full two-minute conversation on the event.

So let’s set the record straight.

These are fantastic jobs, and they are in fact the jobs Connecticut and greater New Haven really needs right now.  Solid blue collar jobs, strong tough management, health benefits, overtime, part-time opportunities. These are the jobs that build stability in working families and they are in very short supply in greater New Haven.

During the worst of the most recent recession, folks with PhDs, and Masters and even college graduates still had very low unemployment, blue collar employment was devastated.

Amazon is a GAMECHANGER for families and the $255 million investment will be a nice boost for the construction industry as well.  Once in full swing, man small businesses near the plant will se the positive impact as well.  BIG DEAL, PRIME.