A New Public Housing Development On An Old Site

Hartford's Nelton Court is getting redeveloped

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Workers Tyrone Timmons (left) and Kenneth Cobbs (center) help rebuild Nelton Court
Photo:Jeff Cohen/WNPR
Nelton Court
Photo:Jeff Cohen/WNPR
Nelton Court Revisited
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Nelton Court Revisited

 

The last of Hartford's post-war, barracks style federal public housing has come down.  And now, the city's housing authority is building something new in its place. 
 
A few years back, the Hartford Housing Authority started relocating the people who lived at Nelton Court. Then, last year, the authority started knocking the place down.  The housing authority says Nelton Court was beyond its useful life.  And it housed too many people in too small a place.  
 
For a lot of people, Nelton Court was home.  But its reputation for drugs and crime was a reminder of all that was bad in the city's North End.
 
I stopped by recently for a tour and met a few men who are working to build the new Nelton Court.  Click the button above and give it a listen.