Opening up the City METROHART Grove Street Alley

Grove Street Alley

A narrow opportunity?

Grove Street, between Main and Prospect Streets in Hartford Connecticut has been closed to the public since the late 1960's. It runs through a canyon formed by buildings in the heart of the city's business district.

The Main Street end is opposite the Ancient Burying Ground. The Prospect Street side is just one block from the Marriott Hartford Hotel and Connecticut Science Center.

Grove Street, looking west from the Connecticut Convention Center Esplanade.

Could downtown benefit from reopening the street as a block arcade sprinkled with coffee shops, cafes, newsstands and art exhibits?

The pedestrian alley would be at the doorstep of a very large daytime population. It would also complete a new link between Main Street and the new developments near Hartford's riverfront.

The links below lead to some photographs that I find to be inspirational for this idea.

Galleria1, Milan
Galleria2, Milan
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
Entrance to World Trade Center, Montréal
South Gate, Melbourne
Cafes on the Walk, Melbourne
Block Arcade, Melbourne
Cafes on the Walkway, Melbourne
Back Alley's Pub, Melbourne
World Trade Center, Montréal

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