Monthly Archives: January 2011

a virtual neighborhood

A new group has popped up on Facebook, “Dwelling in Downtown Hartford”, with the purpose of providing a virtual gathering spot for residents to discuss events, restaurants, the grocery store debate, etc. If you want to be part of the conversation, pop on over and ask to join the Group.

The group just started today and already there are 70+ members and discussions of a winter carnival in Bushnell Park, a meet-up, the importance of the Library as a hub for social discourse, engaging the neighborhoods, etc. While there are other outlets for some of this news and conversation – such as Social Hartford’s FB page and online calendar, or the various NRZs that try to address neighborhood issues and ideas – we’re all for engaging the community wherever it is that they hang out. Facebook has proven to be a great place to get folks to rally around a cause, why not use it as a tool to encourage positive dialogue about our fair city?

to market, to market, redux

So, it seems downtown Hartford is getting a Dean & Deluca-style grocer after all, in the large retail space in the Hartford 21 building. The folks behind the award-winning Pintore Catering and The Mill at 2T restaurant are behind it, as is the City to the tune of $300K (to be recouped in the last 7 years of the 10-year lease). We wonder if this survey was part of their R&D for the viability of such a store, which will feature prepared foods as well as groceries, and will be open 7 days a week. With the new convenience market across the street, residents and downtown workers will have two walkable places to pick up provisions.

As an aside to anyone who read the Courant article and thinks everybody in Downtown Hartford eschews buying groceries and we all eat out every night because there was no Dean & Deluca-style grocer in town: We don’t. We drive or take the bus to Stop & Shop in Wethersfield or the West End, or we order online and let PeaPod deliver.

But we are looking forward to a good baguette and a nice cheese selection…

Hartford, resurrected

Social Hartford,  a new comprehensive online calendar of Things To Do in Our Fair City has made this absolutely fantastic video celebrating… Things To Do in Hartford. Watch the video, share with others, go “like” them on Facebook, and check out their calendar of events.