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Old Renderings - Hartford Casino and Stadium

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Does anyone know where I can see the renderings of the proposed Downtown Hartford casino and the Patriots stadium?

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This pic breaks my heart. As much as I feel like we got played, I can still remember looking at it in the Courant for the first time and thinking it was really going to happen.

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What could of been. The skyscrapers and now this.

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What could of been. The skyscrapers and now this.

Yeah, it's heartbreaking. If Hartford had that AND the '80s skyscrapers it would have been fantastic....

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Yeah, it's heartbreaking. If Hartford had that AND the '80s skyscrapers it would have been fantastic....

Hartford would of blown Boston and Providence away.

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Hartford would of blown Boston and Providence away.

It'd definately still be second fiddle to Boston in terms of New England cities, unless you're talking in terms of the quality of the skylines then it might've given Boston a run for its money. Either way, I think Hartford would still be recognized by many as a "major" city in its own right. Just having one big 4 sports team puts you there in many people's minds... With the Pats and the Whalers and all the jobs that could've been located downtown in those towers, Hartford could've been bigger than Charlotte is now.

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It'd definately still be second fiddle to Boston in terms of New England cities, unless you're talking in terms of the quality of the skylines then it might've given Boston a run for its money. Either way, I think Hartford would still be recognized by many as a "major" city in its own right. Just having one big 4 sports team puts you there in many people's minds... With the Pats and the Whalers and all the jobs that could've been located downtown in those towers, Hartford could've been bigger than Charlotte is now.

What could of been!!!! :(

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What could of been!!!! :(

It is a beautiful rendering, isn't it? I also remember seeing the "Kickoff" headline in the Courant and being excited that the Patriots were really coming to town. But, the Pats would have played 8+ games a year in that beautiful stadium, so the rendering must be one of those 8 Sundays. Yes, Uconn might have exentually played there too, although there would have been way too many seats for a new Division 1 program. The Rent has worked out way better for them. I am a huge sports fan, but I really think we are better off not having built this stadium with public money for such limited use. Now a new hockey arena on the other hand, in which the new Whale would play 40+ home games and would hose the Uconn men and women...that would be a good investment...

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It is a beautiful rendering, isn't it? I also remember seeing the "Kickoff" headline in the Courant and being excited that the Patriots were really coming to town. But, the Pats would have played 8+ games a year in that beautiful stadium, so the rendering must be one of those 8 Sundays. Yes, Uconn might have exentually played there too, although there would have been way too many seats for a new Division 1 program. The Rent has worked out way better for them. I am a huge sports fan, but I really think we are better off not having built this stadium with public money for such limited use. Now a new hockey arena on the other hand, in which the new Whale would play 40+ home games and would hose the Uconn men and women...that would be a good investment...

Don't you mean it will be a good investment? We have to think like this stuff is in the bag..... :)

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Look at the rendering and look at the aprtment buildings that line Columbus and Prospect. Look at the hotels across from the Convention Center lining what is now Front Street. Its too bad the current plan has strayed from the original. It created a dense, walkable urban neighborhood . Hopefully, Front St. will retain some of the original plan's characteristics, but with each day, I'm becoming less and less optomistic.

I also really liked how the Science Center originally spanned 91 and actually included the riverfront. From what I remember, the Science Center was going to have a glass wall underground that looked into the river. Kind of a "natural" aquarium.

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Look at the rendering and look at the aprtment buildings that line Columbus and Prospect. Look at the hotels across from the Convention Center lining what is now Front Street. Its too bad the current plan has strayed from the original. It created a dense, walkable urban neighborhood . Hopefully, Front St. will retain some of the original plan's characteristics, but with each day, I'm becoming less and less optomistic.

I also really liked how the Science Center originally spanned 91 and actually included the riverfront. From what I remember, the Science Center was going to have a glass wall underground that looked into the river. Kind of a "natural" aquarium.

Also, I know it was somewhat of an artistic rendering, but in reality, the stadium would have been ALOT taller than that- The buildings in the background would not have been as towering over the stadium as the rendering shows.

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Look at the rendering and look at the aprtment buildings that line Columbus and Prospect. Look at the hotels across from the Convention Center lining what is now Front Street. Its too bad the current plan has strayed from the original. It created a dense, walkable urban neighborhood . Hopefully, Front St. will retain some of the original plan's characteristics, but with each day, I'm becoming less and less optomistic.

I also really liked how the Science Center originally spanned 91 and actually included the riverfront. From what I remember, the Science Center was going to have a glass wall underground that looked into the river. Kind of a "natural" aquarium.

I agree with you on the apartments and science center. Spanning 91 would have been a great way to get that space back.

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I'm glad we didn't build that stadium, but everything else in that rendering is spot on. I hope over time Travelers can do something about those ugly loading docks that front the west side of Columbus Blvd.

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I'm glad we didn't build that stadium, but everything else in that rendering is spot on. I hope over time Travelers can do something about those ugly loading docks that front the west side of Columbus Blvd.

Not just Travelers, the Phoenix also. Plus, they should have fronted the Convention Center to Columbus Blvd. instaed of I-91 - the diagonal look is not good for the streetscape.

Anyone know if future plans call for making Columbus Blvd. a 2-way street all the way to I-84? They should also make Market St. 2-way all the way.

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The CCC is built to be expanded. If the building is added onto, it will front Columbus street as you suggest.

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Not just Travelers, the Phoenix also. Plus, they should have fronted the Convention Center to Columbus Blvd. instaed of I-91 - the diagonal look is not good for the streetscape.

Anyone know if future plans call for making Columbus Blvd. a 2-way street all the way to I-84? They should also make Market St. 2-way all the way.

I'm not sure I agree on the 2-way street idea. Increasing the number of 2-way streets, while making the city more easily driveable, would make walking the city and pedestrian crossing that much harder.

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Not just Travelers, the Phoenix also. Plus, they should have fronted the Convention Center to Columbus Blvd. instaed of I-91 - the diagonal look is not good for the streetscape.

I heard rumors a couple months back that Phoenix was going to help out the city by removing their loading docks on Columbus Blvd. Afterall, it would only make sense, considering Phoenix donated the land for the Science Center directly across the street. They obviously have an interest in seeing Hartford prosper. I hope the rumors turn out to be true, because it's essential that Columbus have street side retail, we can't just rely on Front Street to provide the action while Columbus is nothing more than a connector street with no retail. I'm hoping that the Science Center will spur more development on Columbus. There's certainly going to be lots ofpeople from the suburbs intrigued by that building, might as well give them something to do before and after they experience the Science Center.

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I'm not sure I agree on the 2-way street idea. Increasing the number of 2-way streets, while making the city more easily driveable, would make walking the city and pedestrian crossing that much harder.

Actually, if done right, 2-ways are easier on pedestrians than 1-ways, i.e. I would rather cross the new section of Columbus with its nice divider, than the old section where you have to do 4 lanes at once.

I heard rumors a couple months back that Phoenix was going to help out the city by removing their loading docks on Columbus Blvd. Afterall, it would only make sense, considering Phoenix donated the land for the Science Center directly across the street. They obviously have an interest in seeing Hartford prosper. I hope the rumors turn out to be true, because it's essential that Columbus have street side retail, we can't just rely on Front Street to provide the action while Columbus is nothing more than a connector street with no retail. I'm hoping that the Science Center will spur more development on Columbus. There's certainly going to be lots ofpeople from the suburbs intrigued by that building, might as well give them something to do before and after they experience the Science Center.

I agree! How about a combined tour of the Travelers Tower, Phoenix Boat Building, and Old State House?? Maybe free with a Marriott hotel room or Wadsworth admission!!!

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Thanks for the find!

I actually do remember seeing a rendering for the Hartford casino. I think it had a purple tone to it. It was incredible.

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I almost think it would have been nicer if they built a stadium on the East Hartford water front! Just clear out the buildings! Imagine what it would have looked like with a perfect view of the river AND Hartford!

Something like PNC park in Pittsburgh

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And it still would have benefitted downtown hartford a ton...hotels, lots of foot traffic on the bridge walking over the river, etc

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I almost think it would have been nicer if they built a stadium on the East Hartford water front! Just clear out the buildings! Imagine what it would have looked like with a perfect view of the river AND Hartford!

Something like PNC park in Pittsburgh

pnc403.jpg

And it still would have benefitted downtown hartford a ton...hotels, lots of foot traffic on the bridge walking over the river, etc

that woulda been great. i like that picture. great view of the city

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