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December 15, 2007

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J. Bailey

Enfield butter??!!

Where do I get some of that? I've lived in Enfield all my life and had no clue we made butter in town.

Fill me in on this.

J. Bailey

Jennifer Warner Cooper

I love the vacation photos. You and Alison with the Brussels sprout stalks is great but do NOT try to cook those in your hotel room. Other guests might complain.

I really like the idea of a CT-grown market but alas, if you're, say, grazing black Angus cattle on timothy and alfalfa in Litchfield or raising organically-fed free range chickens and turkeys in South Glastonbury, your production costs are astronomical and your product is prohibitively expensive for the masses. It leaves the city folk out in the cold again.

Check out this blog Mulch.
http://www.mulchblog.com/ on related farm bill craziness. The processed food agribusiness giants get lots of help from the feds, while our little growers fend for themselves.

Vincent

This is a great idea, however a more suitable place would be at the platform at Bushnell Plaza on Main St. This platform is NEVER used for anything and an Embarcadero type market would gain more visibility here with a lot more on streeet parking. This location is also much closer to downtown residential.

Jay

If you want to go to Newington over downtown Hartford, you need some help. There is plenty going on weekends: Wadsworth, Bushnell, Civic Center shows, etc. Hartford has a long way to go but would you really rather spend a weekend on the Berlin Turnpike? I like Colin's idea, a lot. BBS is a little antiseptic, and in the long run I don't think it is good for the character of West Hartford Center. Normally we buy Christmas gifts at the Bookworm, but sadly this year we went to the new Barnes and Noble.

Jude

There is something vaguely disturbing about those things that you and A are holding.....is that where brussel sprouts come from? Who knew? I always assumes they were petite cabbages or something.....

Glad you are having a nice time. Travel safely.

James McSweeney

My Mother used to work at the old Honis' Oyster House and it was a truely wonderful place to meet and dine downtown. However some kind of Italian flavor like the old front street would be very good. Maybe an Italian grocery store.

RoseZ

This wouldn't work for me, but I appreciate the others' enthusiasm behind it.

The problems I have w/downtown have to do with this increased concentration on business people to massage the city's economy. What about everyone else? Has anyone considered what they city can do to include the working class folks in these plans?

And what about weekends? You know, the time when nothing is going on (mostly) downtown. No events. Hartford is often like a ghost town on the weekends. I even imagine that those "business" people who live downtown are forced to leave the city in order to fulfill their shopping/entertainment needs.

Then there is the matter of parking. The "free" variety is limited. The rest is high-end. For that matter, I suspect that the products offered in your scenario would be a bit more pricey than a "regular" store. For me, it's easier to drive a mile or two to Stop & Shop on Jordan Lane; secure decent parking; and zip through in record time.

People are busy (when it comes to grocery shopping) in this part of the country, and the economy sucks. There's a reason why Walmart thrives (ADMITTEDLY, I detest this). A lot of people want the quick and affordable, so Hartford really needs to implement all kinds of other incentives to draw people in.

I don't have any answers, but I really feel that the powers-that-be in Hartford are much too exclusive (excluding?) in their approach to amp up the city.

No, I don't advocate putting chains like Walmart downtown (oh, how I miss Sage Allen!). BTW, what happened to that Bliss Market deal at the Civic Center? My husband brought out-of-town colleagues there on the day of the storm. NO WHERE TO EAT in that building!

What's missing in this equation is pluralism. Courting one demographic to the exclusion of many who live in the city (and its outskirts) sends a clear message of alienation.

When I was a kid in the late 60's and early 70's, going downtown was an absolute treat. Today, it's the last place I'd like to go. I will take Newington, West Hartford, Glastonbury or Manchester first -- hands down.


Susan

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Oh please oh please oh please, let this happen! And does anyone know what happened to all the photos that adorned those walls?

notter

Hi Colin---
I go for weeks without talking to you in up in Cee Tee, and now find we're on the same wavelength when you are in Ess Eff, hmmm...
I had a similar thought when I traversed Blue Back Sq on a cold foggy night a couple of weeks ago. While it's nice to be able to walk to lots of kinds of stores and businesses (and soon the library), it seemed to me such a shame that it's all national brands, not locals. It's like a Disney version of a city: safe, antiseptic, impersonal. Was it Holiday Inn? Or Howard Johnson's that used the idea of reassuring familiarity as part of their advertising in the '60s? Our rooms are the same no matter where you go! No local contamination, nothing confusing or frightening.
A recent loss here in New Britain, the death of urban farmer Tony Norris, sharpens our need to keep local alive.
My anthroplogy background also reminds me that gift-giving ---holidays, weddings, baby showers, even birthdays --- is not only about the community offering emotional and material support to the new family or new child, but also about lubricating the local economy, local crafts people, local eateries. I have started avoiding registries and big box gift cards, and buying my life-celebration gifts at places like Wesleyan Potters.
Front Street Embarcadero would be a welcome renewal.
If you want to hear some good stride piano while you are in the Bay Area, David's cousin, Mike Lipskin, plays Sunday nights somewhere in North Beach.

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