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Segarra: We Won’t be Detroit

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Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra discussed a wide range of topics in an Eyewitness News interview set to air this Sunday on Face the State. Taped just hours after his former chief of staff Jared Kupiec appeared in court, the Democrat talked candidly about his feelings about the downfall of his once trusted advisor.

Segarra also assured me the capital city is not headed in the direction taken by Detroit. The Motor City has lost 60 percent of its population since 1950, but Hartford has also seen a big drop, roughly 30 percent in the same period. On Sunday you’ll see Segarra explain the differences between the two cities, both of which share some similar problems.

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The mayor also discussed allegations of racism at the public safety complex, the recent brouhaha over his concerns about UConn selecting the Hartford Times building for its downtown campus, the good things happening in the city and much more.

For analysis, we have three journalists all making their debut on Face the State: Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant, Juan Brito of the La Voz Hispana and Matt Dwyer of WTIC Am 1080.

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Englehart and Segarra talked warmly off camera, and if the mayor was upset by some of Englehart’s cartoons poking fun at Segarra, you certainly couldn’t tell. During our taping, the master artist said the mayor was one of his favorite politicians to draw.

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You can watch Face the State this Sunday at 11AM on WFSB Channel 3. Our flashback takes you back to 1997 and my interview with my one time boss, the Washington Post’s Katherine Graham. Here’s a preview: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/the-day-the-washington-post-sold-us/

Watch part 1: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9188577

Watch part 2: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9188581

Watch part 3: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9188589

Flashback: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9188595

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