According to an official local economic statement put together by Piscitelli and his staff in anticipation of the city’s latest bond refunding, private developers completed or began construction on over 1,655 new market-rate housing units in New Haven in 2019. The report states that another 1,937 market-rate units were also in the works as of October. The city’s total population is 130,418, according to the bond statement report. “Cities of some vibrancy are really driving the nation’s economy right now,” Piscitelli said. Based on the city’s actual growth in recent years and expected growth in the years ahead, New Haven might just be turning a corner in the direction of its former peak population numbers and towards becoming an even more formidable urban center in a state mostly bereft of large cities.