Built Capital: Guilford, CT

Callan Noone

CDAE 102

Built Capital


Guilford, being a town with a population of 22,375 (U.S. Census Bureau), has a well-established built capital throughout the town that helps the residents function on a day-to-day basis. According to Green & Haines, “physical capital endures over a long time and is rooted in place”. Guilford has a diverse infrastructure network around town that has been around for years. On top of that, the town is constantly improving infrastructure and adding physical capital that promotes the greater good of the town. The network of physical capital throughout Guilford supports linkages to land use, economic development and sustainability. To start on a relatively basic note, Interstate 95 and Route 1 run directly through the town of Guilford, providing residents with easy automobile access to larger cities like New Haven and New York City. On top of the roadways, there is also a railroad system that connects Guilford to the Amtrak line that connects the entirety of the Eastern seaboard. Access to airports is not an issue, as there are four international airports within two hours of Guilford (La Guardia, JFK, Newark and Hartford), and a small airport in the town of Madison, right next to Guilford. I found a ton of useful info in the 2015 Guilford, Connecticut Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. According to the Town of Guilford, “Guilford has a well-balanced, economically diverse mix of businesses and light manufacturing uses, commercial office buildings, medical facilities, and retail space. Major employers include municipal, retail, healthcare services, tourist services, and light manufacturing companies” (iii). From this, Guilford demonstrates that they have a wide array of physical buildings that serve many different purposes around town. The town then goes on to explain some of the investment that they have put into certain projects in the years of 2014 and 2015. During the 2015 fiscal year, the completion of a new public high school in town was completed. According to the town of Guilford, “as of June 30, 2015 $72.2 million was expended for design and construction costs” (iv). In addition to the improvements done to the high school, the town is also actively improving the conditions of road/infrastructure throughout the town. According to the town, “during fiscal year 2015, road reconstruction continued to be a key multi-year initiative as the Town was actively involved in several major road and bridge projects” (iv). From these facts previously stated, it is clear that Guilford is committed to upholding the physical capital throughout the town.




Works Cited


Green, G. P., & Haines, A. (2016). Asset building & community development (4th ed.). Los Angeles: Sag



Villano, Sheila W. “TOWN OF GUILFORD, CONNECTICUT COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT.” (n.d.): n. pag. Town of Guilford. 30 June 2015. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.


U.S. Census Bureau.  “Guilford, CT Community Facts”. http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml