On Wednesday, Hartford found itself on a top-10 list no municipality wants a part of: the Economic Innovation Group’s 10 most-distressed U.S. small cities. The Washington, D.C.-based research group ranked Hartford along the likes of Flint, Michigan — where lead-tainted water gushes brown from showers and sinks — and Youngstown, Ohio, often held up as an apotheosis of Rust Belt decay. EIG, which was started by a ring of Silicon Valley investors in 2015, said it considered “individual health outcomes, public assistance spending and political representation” when it compiled its annual Distressed Communities Index.

By: Matthew Ormseth, Hartford Courant

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