live400
community more equitable

 
 
 
 
 
 

what we could become if we increased housing choices, density, and investment: a model of equality, opportunity, and livability

live400: community more equitable
Quality affordable housing is springing up in neighborhoods that have needed new investment; factories and mill buildings, once abandoned, are becoming housing and offices; but many communities still suffer from lack of equity and opportunity. We must aim to become more equitable by the time of our 400th anniversary. We have significant strengths in our towns, neighborhoods, and institutions. We must harness them to promote and protect human dignity. We must emphasize connecting our town centers and assets rather than hardening the divisions of our town lines. We should aim to ensure equitable and affordable access to safe, high-quality housing, schools, food, parks, and services, in every town and neighborhood.


Areas of Focus: Health/Housing, Safety/Schools, Equity/Opportunity
 

Recommendations & Actions

Equity & Opportunity

This document provides key indicators of social progress, economic opportunity, and population well-being in Greater Hartford neighborhoods. It was produced by DataHaven in partnership with HFPG, and should be used to develop key strategies.
 
The Valley one of wealthiest in the country, but large disparities in equality and opportunity remain. Those disparities are confined mostly to urban areas, often with concentrations of people of color. Attention should be paid holistically to all communities, towns and neighborhoods in order to better connect, better highlight and give attention to the assets, challenges and opportunities faced in each of them.

Develop planning and promotional materials, working with local universities and non-profits, to highlight the investment and development opportunities within the Zones which promise the greatest social and economic benefit to the local communities and region as a whole.

PROJECT
PROJECTArrowhead Gateway Redevelopment
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Developing this vacant and underutilized gateway area to Hartford's North End will provide opportunity for more businesses, community space and housing.
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PROJECTHartford Citywide WiFi
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The pandemic demonstrated a need for folks to be connected to the internet, but that many people in Hartford lacked access. The City is working with foundations for a free network.
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PROJECTBatterson Park Restoration
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The neglect of this property has diminished park access for residents of Hartford, New Britain and Farmington. A new Friends group is spearheading its restoration.
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PROJECTHartline
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This linear park would not only give North End residents more space, but also a car-free connection to over two dozen anchor institutions.
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PROJECTTeachers Village
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Developing affordable housing opportunities for public servants bolsters community cohesion. This housing complex gives these folks preference in a great downtown location.
PARTNER
PARTNERCommunity First School
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This unique educational offering in the North End provides small class sizes for place-based education, learning the value of their community alongside concepts.
PROJECT
PROJECTBoys & Girls Club - Southeast
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The Boys & Girls Club was founded in Hartford, but did not have equal access across the city. Their addition to the Burr School increases student participation.
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PROJECTSwift Factory
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Health & Housing

The Valley has an overabundance of freestanding suburban or exurban houses, with attendant dependency on the private automobile. We must expand the range of options, especially rental apartments and for-sale condominiums located in dense, vibrant urban areas and town centers. This will help with reduced car trips and encourage more transit use, biking, walking, and rideshare. Diversity of housing choices makes a healthier housing market and reduces the extent of high rent burden.

Focus on advancing specific projects for Hartford Line and Fastrak station areas, and completing associated public realm improvements. To do this, we must adopt key planning and public policy measures that are now missing, and create a regional fund for TOD.

Creating focused town and city centers with high-density housing helps contain urban sprawl and leaves low-density areas open and green. We should avoid traffic-generating uses in areas without transit and far from town and city centers.

Continue preparing sites for development, through brownfields remediation and infrastructure projects. The region should also continue developing strategies to market remediated sites for future development.

Engage powerhouse hospitals and health institutions and companies, including health insurance providers, to promote better public health; some through policy and economic steps, and others through improved air quality and environmental quality, including access to green open spaces, recreational areas, and water.

PROJECT
PROJECTArrowhead Gateway Redevelopment
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At the convergence of all North End bus routes is an underdeveloped area that is also a bridge neighborhood to Downtown North. Grocery store options are being explored here too.
PROJECT
PROJECTNew Park Corridor
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New Park Avenue (West Hartford) parallels CTfastrak and is seeing several areas generate new housing options in proximity to stations. A future Hartford Line station is planned too.
PROJECT
PROJECTParkville Arts & Innovation District
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By developing vacant property and redeveloping former factory spaces, this transit-adjacent neighborhood is primed for resurgence as a standout live-work-play place.
PROJECT
PROJECTCollinsville Axe Factory
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Redeveloping the vacated portions of the village's founding factory will reinvigorate this gateway area known for antiques and artisan culture.
PROJECT
PROJECTUrban Ecology Healing Center
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A plan for a new center in Hartford's North End would bring together providers and educational programs to empower residents with access to holistic health services.
PROJECT
PROJECTTeachers Village
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Public servants, such as teachers, get preferential access to units available in this building. Opportunities like this promote equity as cost of living continues to rise.
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PROJECTVillage at Park River
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This project redevelops a former housing project into a mixed-use, mixed-income community.
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PROJECTFounders Plaza Redevelopment
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This office park with ample surface parking has enormous potential to be built out as a mixed-use neighborhood, with proximity to downtown Hartford and river trails.
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PROJECTPark and Main
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This gateway development at the start of Park Street in Hartford brings apartments and retail to an active area where all South End buses converge.
PROJECT
PROJECTNorth Crossing (Downtown North)
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Developing the surface parking lots north of I-84 around Dunkin' Donuts Park will bring a mixed-use neighborhood that connects downtown to the North End.
PROJECT
PROJECTMontgomery Mill
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The redevelopment of this factory building in Windsor Locks will have reposition the center of town as transit-oriented development before a new train station opens.
PROJECT
PROJECTWillow Creek Apartments
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This project redevelops a former housing project into a mixed-use, mixed-income community.
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Safety & Schools

Though we have seen substantial improvement in public safety, some neighborhoods remain highly vulnerable to crime. Departments that are stretched thin should be given greater support to ensure all residents can live safe, comfortable lives wherever they call home. Advance as a national leader in reducing gun violence, an especially appropriate role given the Valley’s history of gun manufacturing.

Sheff v. O’Neill challenged the Hartford region to look at our school districts differently. Thirty years later, school district performance varies widely town by town, creating disparities in income, health outcomes, and incarceration rates. As home to some of the best performing school districts in the country – as well as innovative magnet schools – the Valley should commit to high standards in all districts, whether through a regional school district or other innovations.

PROJECT
PROJECTReimagining Main Street
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Main Street, Hartford could become a marquee example of a Complete Street, where the wide roadway could include bus and bike lanes. This healthy mode mix increases safety.
PROJECT
PROJECTCommunity First School
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This unique educational offering offers elementary education for North End families, leveraging partnerships for a place-based curriculum and community supports.
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PROJECTBoys & Girls Club - Southeast
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An addition to the Burr School brings a new Boys & Girls Club to the South End of Hartford, opening access to more students for sports and afterschool programming.
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Resources:

Equity & Opportunity: Greater Hartford Community Wellbeing Index (DataHaven 2019), Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CRCOG 2019)

Safety & Schools: Transit Oriented Development (CRCOG), Metro Hartford TOD – Connecting People, Places, and Jobs (HFPG 2019), Hartford TOD Pilot (ConnDOT/City of Hartford 2018), Hartford Downtown Housing Study (2014), Bushnell South Master Plan (The Bushnell 2019), Downtown North Plan (2017), Hartford Avenue Density Student (City of Hartford/MASS 2018)

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