(WTNH) – Washington Post reporter John-Manuel Andriote’s latest book says there are two Connecticuts–the one west of the Connecticut River, and “the other” Connecticut east of the river–and each has its own very different culture. According to Andriote, Western Conn. is more affluent and connected to New York City; Eastern Conn. is working-class and poor with a very strong “New England” identity.
In his book TOUGH LOVE: A Washington Reporter Finds Resilience, Ruin, and Zombies in His ‘Other Connecticut’ Hometown, Androite shares the reasons for this difference which include the shortage of adequate public transportation in Eastern Connecticut, such as passenger rail and bus systems, and the state’s bad habit of extracting hundreds of millions of dollars from the region without investing in proportion to its value to the state.
For more on John-Manuel Andriote, head to www.jmandriote.com
Find TOUGH LOVE: A Washington Reporter Finds Resilience, Ruin, and Zombies in His ‘Other Connecticut’ Hometown on www.amazon.com