To the Editor:
General Electric and now Aetna are fleeing Connecticut not so much because of what Connecticut did or didn’t do, but because of what it is: suburbia with boring cities. The employees that Aetna and GE don’t want to live in Hartford. They want to live in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.
Bristol will never be able to compete with those cities for these residents if we keep re-electing leaders who think that bribing companies to stay and demolishing rundown houses fixes anything.
The employees that tech companies are looking for demand a higher quality of life than Bristol currently offers. That has to change, but it won’t until we put someone in the mayor’s office with vision and imagination.