The Nose: Pop-Up Radio & Considering Downtown Hartford

What's Hartford got going for it? Live from an abandoned bank!

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The Nose: Pop-Up Radio & Considering Downtown Hartford
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The Nose: Pop-Up Radio & Considering Downtown Hartford


For the second straight day, we're in downtown Hartford in a makeshift -- but very nice -- pop-up studio in an abandoned bank branch on the east edge of State House Square. The Nose, our weekly roundtable panel will  begin by talking about two projects that promise to breathe new life into the moribund Front Street section of of the Adriaen's Landing site. In February, a four-screen movie theater should be opening there, and by the end of next year, it will have, as a neighbor, a Hartford version of Infinity Music Hall. 
Too little too late? Or just enough to wake up a project that never realized the promise of its public investment, which nearly a billion dollars?
We'll also ask our panel if there are other things about the capital city that make them hopeful. 
Leave your comments below, e-mail or Tweet us @wnprcolin.



E-mail from Andrea

Going in to Hartford, way back in the 50's, when my dad worked in Advertising, was a special treat - so many beautiful buildings, just Maggie and me in our Sunday dresses strolling through G.Fox, getting ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches at a diner, - Then living there in the late 70's, wonderful jazz scene, taking a toddler and baby to the inaugural spin of the Merry-go-Round (some of the restored horses had been shown first in the Atheneum) - the terrific movie series at the Atheneum - "Dona Flor and her Two Husbands" - Hartford Stage Co, Symphony - We've been out in Dankosky territory for 35 yrs and don't get back to Hartford much (except to the bus station to pick up the daughter who was a baby in the late 70's, now coming from Boston, on a bus with Peter Pan or Tinkerbell on the side) - Thanks for plugging a city with so much potential.... Andrea

E-mail from Karen


Hartford hosts the Women’s Big East tournament each year and the tourist info office was closed last year on the Sat of the tournament. We tried steering visitors to different venues in town but the office that should be visible was not. Thanks for your thoughts.


E-mail from Anonymous

I grew up outside of Hartford, live in Manhattan, spend weekends in Litchfield County. Have been to Infinity many times, seen everyone from Paula Poundstone to Sandra Bernhard to Roseanne Cash to a Motown tribute band. Still, the only African American on the current schedule is Taj Mahal. But those guys are pretty smart, and I expect they will program accordingly.

And it may be more than a trickle from the suburbs. I have met people at Infinity who have driven to Norfolk from Glastonbury, Vernon and the shoreline towns.

I am rooting for it.