Traverse Square is a federally subsidized housing project located in the south end district. It contains 60 dwelling units and represents a significant population living in the downtown.
As with most housing projects, the buildings are deteriorating and the neighborhood is stigmatized by a history of crime and other social ills.
It is essential that the Housing Authority and the City continue to address these problems, perhaps with a reduction in the area’s density, and ensure that the neighborhood will become a safe and pleasant area in the downtown. Due to its proximity to Wesleyan University and the University’s dormitories, the University should play an active role in the improvement of this neighborhood.