CT voter participation rates increased in 2016 compared to 2012

Voter turnout this year fell across the country for this past election but not in Connecticut. Trend CT estimates that about 76 percent of active voters participated in this year’s elections. That doesn’t exceed 2008’s record of 78.1 percent when President Barack Obama faced off against John McCain, but does pass the 2012 mark of 73.8 percent.

A Home Owners' Loan Corporation survey about the Wooster Square area of New Haven, which noted that "Pride of ownership is entirely lacking." Officials deemed it "hazardous" due to the neighborhood 's 90 percent mix of nationalities, including black families. This real-estate practice of "redlining" lead to decades of government-sanctioned housing and loan discrimination.

The history of redlining in Connecticut and the country

A new interactive map from the University of Richmond lets users trace the origins of redlining through neighborhood surveys for 150 cities across the country.

In the ’30s and ’40s during the Great Depression, federal officials and local lenders rated mortgage risk in hundreds of cities based on physical conditions, as well as the race and ethnicity and social classes within neighborhoods.