Despite Economy, West Hartford's Blue...

Despite Economy, West Hartford's Blue Back Gamble Pays Off

There are 102 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Nov 16, 2008, titled Despite Economy, West Hartford's Blue Back Gamble Pays Off. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Much of Barbara and John Hamill's life at Blue Back Square is self-contained, with the gym, shops, restaurants, movie theater, library and their condo-dwelling neighbors just steps away.

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Are_You_Kidding

Durham, CT

#25 Nov 16, 2008
Right. BBS is NOT a success by any stretch at this point. I guess the fact that it's still open is considered a good thing.

It's only afloat today b/c of all the sweet tax deals. I live in town, I have a healthy household income, and I hate it. I hated it before it was built and I hate it now. "Growth" of non-local businesses who get tax breaks is NOT growth for my town, [email protected]

Parking is abysmal and the empty shops are just sad to see.

There is no reason in the world to go to BBS with Westfarms down the street. And think, I live much closer to the center and I'm saying that.
Joan

Marion, CT

#26 Nov 16, 2008
Bring back those empty lots
Jimmy

Hartford, CT

#27 Nov 16, 2008
BBS is great, and just a few more things to add and it will officially become the new center of the region and downtown will be officially dead. I think the Courant should call for the Bushnell to move to West Hartford Center and the Hartford Stage, too. The story the Courant didn't mention today is that BBS has killed any chance of Hartford coming back.
MCNY

Middle Village, NY

#28 Nov 16, 2008
I grew up in Westport, Ct. and live now in Manhattan. My wife and I both love NYC but as is so often the case, are beginning to tire of the pace and the crowds. We take weekend trips every few weekends to scout out potential homes and visited West Hartford right after Blueback opened last summer.

We were immediately impressed, but coming from Manhattan feel the footprint is too small. If it were made up of at least 10 square blocks, we would be interested. Also a bit unfortunate is the fact that Hartford is your local metropolis... or shall we say ghetto.

Nice work, just needs to grow.
Some Jerk

West Hartford, CT

#29 Nov 16, 2008
BBS is pretty nice--especially if you live down the street and don't drive. Everything is within walking distance. The gym, the movie theatre, the bookstore, the restaurants, etc. It makes things about as convenient as possible for a non driver in Connecticut--a state with abysmal public transportation.
jimbo

Baltimore, MD

#30 Nov 16, 2008
Jimmy wrote:
BBS is great, and just a few more things to add and it will officially become the new center of the region and downtown will be officially dead. I think the Courant should call for the Bushnell to move to West Hartford Center and the Hartford Stage, too. The story the Courant didn't mention today is that BBS has killed any chance of Hartford coming back.
Hartford coming back? Are you kidding? Even if you put BBS in Hartford it wasn't coming back. You can't blame one cities ills on another's successes. Hartford was doomed years ago.
Cedric

West Hartford, CT

#31 Nov 16, 2008
I have gone into West Hartford town center at least once a week for the past year, and there is no way that things are going great guns in BBS at the present time. Several months ago, yes, but traffic has slowed a lot recently. However, the regular town center appears to be doing just fine.
Enough please

AOL

#32 Nov 16, 2008
Are_You_Kidding wrote:
Right. BBS is NOT a success by any stretch at this point. I guess the fact that it's still open is considered a good thing.
It's only afloat today b/c of all the sweet tax deals. I live in town, I have a healthy household income, and I hate it. I hated it before it was built and I hate it now. "Growth" of non-local businesses who get tax breaks is NOT growth for my town, [email protected]
Parking is abysmal and the empty shops are just sad to see.
There is no reason in the world to go to BBS with Westfarms down the street. And think, I live much closer to the center and I'm saying that.
I couldn't agree more, BBS is a vey nice place to visit and spend some leisurely time (like a park), but who would really want to shop there? On a recent visit my wife and I had a slice of pizza and a glass of wine each (cheap stuff), bill before gratuity of $17.00. Not for me folks.
If this is what we create to satisfy our "plastic" needs (fits well in WH), it's no wonder we have a steady increase in the number of educated (well to do) that are incarcerated. A Mr Rowland comes to mind.
William III

Wethersfield, CT

#33 Nov 16, 2008
West Hartford threw downtown Hartford under the bus. Blue Back Square's tax revenues should go directly to Hartford.
blah me

Meriden, CT

#34 Nov 16, 2008
I think Blue Back is a perfect fit. Not alot of imagination-straight middle of the road....just right.a But you have to be kidding me that anyone would compare on any level this modest shopping area to Manhattan!? or even Stamford? Culture is not something found in Blue Back.
father of two

Shelton, CT

#35 Nov 16, 2008
Middle class fool wrote:
"The biggest budget item at our house is taxes in all their forms. Add up all the income tax and property taxyou pay and divide by 12.
At my house that number exceeds $3000 per month."

You're paying $36,000 a year in taxes and are driving a beat-up Subaru and sturggling to save for retirement??

You absolutely, positively need a new
investment advisor...
bigdaddy

West Orange, NJ

#36 Nov 16, 2008
souless, lifeless, boring looks like it was designed by an accountant. west hartford center did need something but they didnt need to gut out an historic building on main street. hope this works for the taxpayers and doesnt become a white elephant.
wantabee

Newark, NJ

#37 Nov 16, 2008
Norwalk wants to be like Blue back it
is needed in SoNo. Today’s Courant spurred the subject, they profile Blue Back Square and how, despite the economy, it seems to be thriving. Blue Black Square is often used as a comparison point to Norwalk’s Waypointe. So check out the article, there’s some surprising stuff in there. But back to Whole Foods, and more generally grocery stores.

http://www.yourct.com/new/2008/11/16/whole-fo...

What are we missing? Most of you seem to be down on the develpopers
Isabel

West Hartford, CT

#38 Nov 16, 2008
I looked at the photos on Blue Back featured in the Courant on line. Not a face with color in any one of them. Go figure with such a politically correct group standing up for West Hartford.
The King

United States

#39 Nov 16, 2008
You can keep your overpriced food and trinkets. I'll be at the drive-thru picking up a double Whopper. It doesn't get any better than the Whopper's flame-broiled magnificence. And I get to watch my savings grow along with my belly.

Since: Jun 08

Westford, MA

#40 Nov 16, 2008
BBS is overrated. They should have put in more housing to attract young professionals (The Heritage is > 450$/sq) and get rid of the parking meters.

Check out Reston Town Center in Reston, VA. Parking is always free, great dining and shopping, skating rink / pavilion, hotel/convention center, lots of affordable condos within walking distance, and a very vibrant business community (Microsoft, Oracle, Accenture, Lockheed Martin, Sallie Mae, Rolls-Royce, Northrop Grumman.....).
Tom Collins

Windsor, CT

#41 Nov 16, 2008
The King wrote:
You can keep your overpriced food and trinkets. I'll be at the drive-thru picking up a double Whopper. It doesn't get any better than the Whopper's flame-broiled magnificence. And I get to watch my savings grow along with my belly.
Take the phone survey on the back of the receipt and get a free whopper.
sunnyd

United States

#42 Nov 16, 2008
I'm going to clip this article - we'll see how things are going a few years from now. I think it is too soon to be judging its success.
Bill

United States

#43 Nov 16, 2008
Hey, whattya know all you tree-huggers, nay-sayers and NIMBY-ites. Economic development can be a goooooood thing. You know - it creates jobs, enhances property values, strengthens the tax base. I am sooooo glad this happened, though those who opposed it so vehemently don't deserve to derive any of the benefit. Let other communities and, in fact, the state of Connecticut itself, learn from this. Don't let a vocal minority of whacko environmentalists and obstructionists stand in the way of progress. Hear them out, then tell them it's gonna happen and if they don't like it they can move to Idaho. GO, BLUE BACK! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR AND BEST WISHES FOR MANY, MANY MORE!
Curious

United States

#44 Nov 16, 2008
How much revenue is our town receiving compared to the debt incurred, including infrastructure expenses such as snow removal, leaf removal, garbage removal, police, fire, streets, lighting, garage expenses (clean up, outside management contract vs. revenue), damages from solicitors, etc?

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