Urban Renewal in Windham: Willimantic’s Lost Neighborhood

In this virtual tour, we explore how Willimantic’s urban renewal agenda in the 1960s and 1970s both socially and economically transformed the small borough in Windham, Connecticut.

In the summer of 2019, Trinity College students working through the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research at Trinity partnered with the Center and traveled to Willimantic, Connecticut to engage in primary source research, and build a story of how urban renewal transformed downtown Willimantic. The students worked with the Connecticut Studies collection at the Eastern Connecticut State University, Towne Engineering, INC, members of the city council, the Willimantic Town Hall, the Mill Museum, and Willimantic residents to collect public records, newspapers, maps, municipal policy documents, pubic meeting minutes, and photo archives.

The story is designed to illuminate the effects of aggressive urban renewal and highlight the impact of discriminatory housing policies on our urban centers.

View news clippings and pictures in our album on Flickr .

The digital map storytelling tool was built in partnership with CT Data Collaborative.

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