Unfortunately, this area hasn't seen much life since the late 1940's. It is economically depressed and has been for a long time. Even Ella Grasso's attempt at bringing Winsted back to life by ending the highway in Winsted did little to bring economic growth to the area. For those that live and have lived in Winsted the town is quaint, offers unique entertainment, gorgeous (but unfortunately private) lake, and is close enough to MA to make a drive for cheaper alcohol and cigarettes worth the trip. Even an attempt to bring a first class hotel to the lake area failed to come to fruition. In some ways those in authority or who have the greatest influence in the area don't want it to change.