The economic downturn means more empty storefronts in city centers. But in New Haven, some folks are getting creative.
A new initiative called Project Storefronts is revitalizing a section of New Haven by turning vacant storefronts into temporary artist galleries and sites for creative technology
Today we’ll stroll through the old United Way space in the Ninth Square and check in with some of these “creative entrepreneurs” as they launch their innovative ventures. We’ll visit a curated bookstore of locally made artist books, a "pop up gallery," a store selling goods made entirely of recycled materials, and a collaborative “co-working” space that offers work space and interactive events to bring creative thinkers and artists together to foster more social enterprises.
We’ll also hear from the mayor of New Britain about some of his plans to spruce up a section of his “Main Street.” Our interview is part of a project with Central Connecticut State University and the public radio project, “Mapping Main Street.”