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Joe Markley

No More Public Spending On XL Center

No More Public Spending On XL Center

We can't have a healthy state unless our cities recover. As it is for doctors, the first rule for public officials addressing urban ills must be to do no harm.

For 50 years, big government has inflicted enormous taxpayer-funded projects on our cities, to the benefit of politically connected contractors, and to the great detriment of the communities themselves. Growing up, I saw the damage that strategy wreaked in Meriden and New Britain, cities next door to my hometown. Large sections of Meriden were bulldozed for an ill-fated mall and low-income housing; New Britain was cut to pieces by highway projects. Neither has recovered from the outrage to their urban fabric.

No city in...