At Bridgeport Generation Now, we believe that Livability is about our city having access to everything it needs to thrive.
Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including:
Built Environment – complete streets, public space, walkability, infrastructure, transit
Natural Environment – waterways, parks, air quality, wildlife, climate, pollution
Economic Prosperity – intergenerational wealth, income equality, education, employment, homeownership.
Social Stability – health outcomes, cost of living, housing, community and civic engagement, support for children and families, support for vulnerable populations
Educational Opportunities – access, equity, overall quality and cultural competence, and preparedness/outcomes
Social Equity – who can and cannot access social stability and educational opportunities?
Cultural Possibilities – collective history, heritage, languages, art, foods, practices.
Entertainment – restaurants, public art, nightlife, museums, music, festivals
Recreation – youth/adult sports and programming, exercise and leisure activities, quality/accessibility of spaces for outdoor public use
For more data surrounding Bridgeport’s livability, please read the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Community Wellbeing Index 2016.
There are three issues in Livability:
Food Policy and Justice
Environment and Energy
Please continue reading below for the research and policy recommendations.