November 2016 Update

Everyone is preoccupied with the election results, what to do with leftover Halloween candy* and which Hartford roads are closed this week. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved locally, a great way to be a part of the action is to volunteer, attend a meeting or join a committee or board. The next meeting of your NRZ will be Wednesday, November 16, at 6 pm, on the second floor of the Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street.

*bring it to your NRZ meeting. ;-)

Aerial shot of the northeast corner of South Downtown, looking north from the steeple of South Congregational Church on Main Street. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Howard.
The South Downtown NRZ is always looking for more SoDo residents, property owners and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee
, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

October 2016 Update

October: fewer leaves on the trees, more political campaigns, and just the right amount of Halloween candy. The next meeting of your NRZ will be Wednesday, October 19, at 6 pm, in the Ground Floor Classroom of the Hartford Public Library, Main Street.

Looking west on Capitol Avenue, circa 1958. Photo via the Old Hartford Facebook group

The South Downtown NRZ is always looking for more SoDo residents, property owners and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

September 2016 Update

The summer hiatus is over for school kids and your NRZ. Our first meeting of 2016-17 will be Wednesday, September 21, at 6 pm, in the Ground Floor Classroom of the Hartford Public Library, Main Street.

We'll have updates on the Hartford Decide$ SoDo Community Garden Project and the basketball courts at Ramon Quiros Park on Hudson Street, the use of Buckingham Square Park, and the MDC sewer project on Whitman Court.

Aerial shot of the southern half of South Downtown, looking west from the steeple of South Congregational Church on Main Street. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Howard.

The South Downtown NRZ is always looking for more SoDo residents, property owners and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

June 2016 Update

Just in time for Summer, MDC work on Capitol Avenue between Main and Hudson is finally completed and the road has been repaved. Capitol Avenue will be a topic of discussion at our next meeting, which is also our Annual Meeting: Wednesday, June 15, 6 pm.

In addition to elections, there will be a presentation by Mike Freimuth of the Capitol Region Development Authority (CRDA) regarding potential future development of the parking lots on Capitol Avenue. We also hope to have updates on the Hartford Decide$ SoDo Community Garden Project and the basketball courts at Ramon Quiros Park on Hudson Street. Please note this month's meeting location is the CRDA Offices at the CT Convention Center.


The South Downtown NRZ is always looking for more SoDo residents, property owners and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

May 2016 Update

Ah, spring, a time of renewal. Especially for a certain stretch of Capitol Avenue. The MDC recently shared a flyer stating that "lateral (pipe connection from [individual properties] to the new mainline) work will occur next week and the final restoration of sidewalks and road pavement will follow."

Speaking of renewal, with our Annual Meeting approaching, we have some NRZ Board members whose terms are up for re-election and some vacant spots. Specifically, we are looking for a Social Services representative and a Property Owner. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about , please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 18, 6 pm. Please note this month's meeting location is Holy Trinity Church (see blue box below). We hope to have updates on the Hartford Decide$ SoDo Community Garden Project and the basketball courts at Ramon Quiros Park on Hudson Street.
The South Downtown NRZ is always looking for more SoDo residents, property owners and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

March 2016 Update

Despite a warmer-than-usual winter, it doesn't really feel like spring in SoDo until theGreater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade winds its way from the Capitol, through our neighborhood and into Downtown. Kudos to the City for a prompt cleanup of Saturday's confetti, candy wrappers, and other litter.

And thank you again to all the Hosts and Attendees for making the 5th Annual Downtown Hartford Progressive Dinner, Sponsored by SoDo NRZ another success. While the unseasonably warm weather may have lacked the drama of last year's snowstorm, the hint of spring added to the festive air as 50+ Downtown residents and SoDo members celebrated urban living, the walkability of our capital city, and neighborly camaraderie over good food and libations. Proceeds from the event will fund, among other things, SoDo's Sustainable Living Initiative for Buckingham Square ParkMany thanks to our Wine Partner Capital Spirits, our Beer Sponsor Hartford Prints, and our Dessert Partner 50 Elm Cafe. Photos here.
Our next meeting is this Wednesday, March 16, 6 pm. Our guest speaker will be from the Ramirez Summer Basketball League, which plays in SoDo at Ramon Quiros Park on Hudson Street. There will also be an an update on the Hartford Decide$ participatory budget initiative, specifically with regards to the SoDo Community Garden project, and upcoming voting. In addition, there will be a vote on providing a letter of support for the proposed development on the corner of Buckingham and Hudson Streets.

We meet at the 
Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street (more info below). We are always looking for more SoDo residents, property and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please emailSoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos!

January 2016 Update

Happy New Year, SoDo! And thanks to all who came to 50 Elm Cafe for our Holiday Happy Hour in December. A great crowd (our biggest yet!) made for a great party that lasted for many happy hours. Cheers to our neighborhood, to our Capital City, and to good things in 2016.

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, January 20, 6 pm at the Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street. Enter through the double glass doors and proceed to the second floor. There is parking nearby, or if you are walking, you can cut through from Main Street via the Butler-McCook House gardens. In addition to our neighborhood business, there will be a presentation by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and we anticipate further discussion of the development of property at Hudson and Buckingham.

We are always looking for more SoDo residents, property and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in volunteering for a project or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos!

PS - Next month is the SoDo NRZ's biggest fundraiser, the Downtown Hartford Progressive Dinner, Sponsored by SoDo. See below for general info and links to sign up to Host or Attend.