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Hartford's iQuilt Plan for Downtown

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Here's a link to the just-released iQuilt Plan in the form of a "Pocket Guide": http://iq2.squarespa...0Jan%202012.pdf

The full 120-page Overview is supposed to be online on January 24.

There has been a lot of news coverage of the iQuilt recently:

http://theiquiltplan.org/news/

The Plan is also relevant to other Urban Planet discussions on downtown Hartford, including proposed renovations of the XL Center, and the State of Connecticut possibly relocating many of its office into downtown commercial space, and freeing up its holdings, especially around Bushnell Park, for housing.

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The iquilt is interesting.

I would be happy if they just followed through on the plans for Bushnell Park. Making the rink permanent and moving the carousel nearer to the pump house both make sense. It would also make sense to turn the pump house into a permanent restaurant and warming hut.

The restoration of flowing water is an aesthetic home run.

One thing I didn't see on the plan was the removal of the parking lot on the north side of the capitol. It doesn't belong in the park. If they built underground parking there that would be fine. But it is totally unneeded as there is a parking structure to the west of the capitol.

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