CITIES: Forward Look in Connecticut

It took young Democrat Richard C. Lee three tries (missing on the second by two votes) to unseat plodding Republican Undertaker William Celentano as mayor of heavily Italian, heavily industrial New Haven, Conn. (pop. 167,700). It has taken aggressive ex-Reporter Lee, 41, only 3½ years to give his cramped old birthplace (founded 1638) new pride in something more than its elm trees, Yankee traditions and Yale University. Firmly scuttling nostalgia ("Our greatness lies in the future"), Lee has put New Haven foremost among New England cities in striking at the illnesses that...

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