How should a vision for the future be defined?
Across the valley and capital city, people have been working on hundreds of initiatives to make us more sustainable, prosperous, equitable, mobile, and vibrant. In the face of climate change, economic upheaval, inequality of opportunity, population loss, and unsustainable car-centric sprawl, major progress has been made in launching innovative businesses; investing in new schools and hospitals; building new transit systems and bike-walk paths; reconnecting us to our riverfronts; converting empty mills and office towers into housing; fostering greater social diversity; adding vibrancy to our town and city centers; and building on our outsized cultural assets. Heading towards 2035, we can continue and accelerate those efforts.
Leveraging our location
The Green Crossroads of New England
A general strategy for improving our quality of place is to fully recognize the place we are in. As a region, we have not leveraged all the extraordinary advantages of our location. There are untapped opportunities for a vibrant region and mid-sized dynamic city that has immediate access to natural beauty and agriculture; nearby access to the mountains and the sea; a central position in an archipelago of major colleges and universities; and a mid-point location between the Northeast’s two major metropolitan areas. We have an opportunity to transition from a sprawling, suburban, and auto-dependent region to a sustainable, multi-modal valley and capital city – an economic, natural, transportation, and knowledge crossroads.
Not From Scratch
Hartford400 aligns the current efforts of many groups across the valley into a shared vision and coordinated effort. It incorporates a wide range of projects from local improvements to large regional infrastructure; projects located in rural towns and in dense city neighborhoods; and projects led by either public, private, and non-profit entities. Take a look at some of the projects underway here.
Following a review of dozens of current reports and documents and thousands of pages and drawings, Hartford400 aligns and condenses the high-level, shared goals that underpin an emerging new vision for our region, one that responds to the changes and challenges facing us in 2020 and the coming decades. See some of the many plans reviewed, here.