Hartford: The revitalizing power of restoring urban water

Momentum is building to daylight and restore the Park River in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Park River in Hartford, Connecticut meanders through the city, but you might never know it. Once a historically valuable and nostalgic part of Hartford (at least to Mark Twain, who lived along it), it now flows through two conduits channeled under city’s downtown. While neither the river nor the conduits are visible from the surface, the importance of both should not be forgotten (or understated) when reflecting on Hartford’s beginnings and development.

Note from Storm: Hopefully, they will discover what so many other cities worldwide already have: that reconnecting downtowns to water can give property values a powerful boost, and greatly increase local quality of life.

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