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City is hoppin' lately

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Lots of folks are on the streets lately and I can only imagine it will get busier as more housing comes on the market. The first shot was coming into downtown. Hartford 21 really fills the skyline from this approach. The second is of Pratt Street. The Sage Allen Building really changes the feel mof the street. It seems smaller and more intimate.

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nice shots

that first one would be awesome if you took it as an amtrak was rolling thru and on top of the bridge

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Hartford 21 definitely compliments the skyline nicely from that view.

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John Haymond is such a tool.

His advertising budget must be huge.

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Hartford is hopping lately and not just downtown.

Downtown has had the 4th of July Riverfest celebration that drew 300,000+ people to the city, there has been the Jazz series, big name concerts like Madonna and now Dilirium is coming to the civic center.

The South End restaurants along Wethersfield Ave, Franklin Ave and Maple Ave are always pretty full. The Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Polish, etc. restaurants are all full of people. And lets not forget how hopping Franklin Ave was after Italy won the world cup.

The south meadows area (as I call it) is always busy during. There is a new gas station that has a Dunkin Donuts and Subway near Airport Road. There is that shopping plaza being built at Airport Road and Wethersfield Avenue. Dozens of repair shops, manufactoring businesses, etc. continue to operate in this area.

The West End is abuzz as usual with the restaurants always packed at lunch time and night time. People are always walking on Farmington Avenue

The CT Culinary Institute will be opening in Asylum Hill at the Hastings in August if im right

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You guys see the three horizontal rows on Sage Allen building? Notice two of them are darker and the third one down is brighter. They clean away years of dirts on the third row, and man is that beautiful. The craving is so clear now, and the Sage Allen in its glory days must be a sight to see, too bad the two newly constructed buildings do not match the original building.

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Just geting rid of the old covering on the Sage Allen Building brightened the street. That huge brown brick wall was a bummer. Looking forward to the completed facade.

Check out the difference

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Just geting rid of the old covering on the Sage Allen Building brightened the street. That huge brown brick wall was a bummer. Looking forward to the completed facade.

Check out the difference

That change made a huge improvement. There are a lot of smaller things like that that could be done all over Hartford that would make the city much nicer looking. We need to focus on those types of things as a priority.

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That change made a huge improvement. There are a lot of smaller things like that that could be done all over Hartford that would make the city much nicer looking. We need to focus on those types of things as a priority.

I agree, "big bang" economic development like a new arena, the Science Center, or H21 are great, but focusing on smaller hits like the Sage Allen complex, a revamp of the AA buidling, lowering crime in the North End, making as many streets as possible more pedestrian friendly, etc., will really make the city one of the best mid sized cities in the country.

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I agree, "big bang" economic development like a new arena, the Science Center, or H21 are great, but focusing on smaller hits like the Sage Allen complex, a revamp of the AA buidling, lowering crime in the North End, making as many streets as possible more pedestrian friendly, etc., will really make the city one of the best mid sized cities in the country.

Exactly, with streetscape improvements and rehabilitation along our main streets we may attract some more national retailers into the neighborhoods which would be great in my opinion. There is no reason why Albany Ave. shouldn't function as a retail center the way 125th in Harlem does (on a Hartford scale of course) and have jobs for neighborhood residents and so on right in the city.

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I agree, "big bang" economic development like a new arena, the Science Center, or H21 are great, but focusing on smaller hits like the Sage Allen complex, a revamp of the AA buidling, lowering crime in the North End, making as many streets as possible more pedestrian friendly, etc., will really make the city one of the best mid sized cities in the country.

It's the little things that can really make a big difference, economically and in beauty.

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