Newsworthy New Haven
If you’ve lived in New Haven for more than six months within the past 10 years, you should already know that there’s much more than meets the eye going on in this town at any given time. And because of that, New Haven has always been in the news to a certain extent - usually in the context of the next big discovery in cancer research, or a new visiting professor at the University, or just some off-hand reference in the New Yorker. But lately, the buzz around New Haven has been reaching out beyond the local area for a broad variety of reasons, and through a diverse range of media outlets.
In fact, the City of New Haven has undergone an incredible transformation over the past ten years, and the country (nay, the world*) has taken notice. Some of this attention is nothing new, like when the New York Times says that “Savvy theatergoers know New Haven as a place to see top-flight dramatic talent at a significant discount.” But when I tell you that this sleepy New England town has seemingly become a magnet for things like the entrepreneurial spirit, bleeding-edge technology, and innovation in business design, eyebrows are sure to be raised.
From incredible public-private partnerships like the International Festival of Arts and Ideas to grassroots community efforts like Google Haven and Social Web Week CT, living in New Haven is kind of like having a finger on the pulse of American innovation. In 2010 alone, we’ve seen an international art sensation leave us with two amazing installations, seen a company started by Yale undergrads transform into the proverbial $37mil gorilla in the room, and perhaps even seen the light at the end of the Great Recession Tunnel. We must be doing something right, because the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston thinks that New Haven is one of America’s “resurgent cities”.
*No, really – did you know that Swiss artist Felice Varini did his first U.S. installation here in New Haven, and currently has two of his iconoclastic, architecture-driven installations right here in our downtown?