A Valentine to the neighborhood...

A snowy east half of SoDo as seen from Bushnell Towers. Photo by Heather McLarney.
There's so much to love about SoDo. The historic buildings and beautiful architecture. Great restaurants like Peppercorn's, 50 Elm, and Republic. Being able to run out for milk or a sandwich (or ice cream!) at NY Deli and Noble Gas. The small businesses, old and new. The walkability. But most of all, the neighbors. The people who choose to live, work and play in our "village" are what really make it special, If you want to meet some of them and learn what else is going on, come to the next meeting of your NRZ: Wednesday, February 20 at 6 pm at South Church (enter on John Street.)

Our meeting will include reports from Hartford 2000, Community Garden, and the Social Committee, and updates on fire and police activity in the neighborhood. Our special guests will be Erik Johnson, the City's new Director of Development Services, and Steven Yanicke of a new Hartford-based street-furniture startup. We hope to see lots of neighbors there.

Sign up now for the 2019 Progressive Dinner


Don't miss one of Downtown Hartford's most fun events! The Downtown Progressive Dinner, Sponsored by SoDo brings together a jovial group of Downtown Hartford neighbors for food and drink and to foster active community participation. Hosts and Attendees will meet at a beautiful, historic private SoDo home for mingling, wine & beer, and appetizers and get their dinner location assignment. After dining at their hosts' neighborhood homes, everyone will regroup at another local spot for dessert and more catching up. At past events, many said they were reluctant to leave their respective dinner parties, as they were having such a good time! We hope you'll join us Saturday, February 23, 2019, for a wonderful, walkable evening of conversation, food, drink, and community with your fellow Downtown neighbors. Sign up in advance as a Host or Attendee (see links above, no tickets will be sold at the door) to attend, or if you have questions, send us an email at sodonrz@gmail.com.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2019 Progressive Dinner will go towards programs and neighborhood enhancements supported throughout the year by the SoDo NRZ.

Happy New Year!

Aerial shot over SoDo/Main Street looking North to Downtown. Photo by Jeremy Howard.

Happy New Year! There's a new governor sitting on one side of SoDo, and rumor has it a new yoga studio is being built on the other side. And here is a reminder of some other pretty great stuff going on in our capital city. Speaking of great, the next meeting of your NRZ will be Wednesday, January 16 at 6 pm at South Church (enter on John Street.)


Our meeting will include reports from Hartford 2000, Community Garden, and the Social Committee, and updates on fire and police activity in the neighborhood. Our special guest will be Walter Veselka, the new Director, Department of Public Works. We hope to see lots of neighbors there.

Interested in joining the Board? If you are a SoDo resident, property owner or business owner and would like to get involved in the NRZ, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com. If you are not sure if your home or business lies within the NRZ boundaries, please check out this map.

SoDo NRZ 2018 Holiday Happy Hour



The Board of the SoDo NRZ invites our residential and business neighbors to join us in celebrating the season!

Tuesday, December 11
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Republic at the Linden, located at 10 Capitol Avenue (near Main Street). We'll be downstairs at the bar. 
Cash Bar

For those who are driving: on-street parking (free after 6 pm) and a paid lot on Hudson and Linden.

Updates will be posted on our Facebook Event page. We look forward to celebrating with you!

November: no more political ads, the last of Autumn's glory, and thoughts of Thanksgiving dinner. The next meeting of your NRZ will be a week earlier than usual because Thanksgiving is early this year: Wednesday, November 14 at 6 pm at South Church (enter on John Street.)

 
In addition to updates on the Hudson Street Community Garden (groundbreaking was today!), our special guest will be Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, to take neighborhood-related Q&A from SoDo members. We hope to see lots of neighbors there.

Interested in joining the Board? If you are a SoDo resident, property owner or business owner and would like to get involved in the NRZ, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com. If you are not sure if your home or business lies within the NRZ boundaries, please check out this map.

Hudson Street Community Garden Breaks Ground


On Saturday, November 10, The Hudson Street Community Garden finally broke ground in Ramon Quiros Park. The Garden was SoDo NRZ's submission to Hartford Decide$ in 2016. Knox Inc. spearheaded the project, with volunteers from Knox, Pratt & Whitney, local realtors, and SoDo members. SoDo resident Joe Kelley has volunteered to be Head Gardner, and under guidance from Knox will be coordinating garden plot assignments in time for Spring planting.

October: More CRDA updates + CT Rail presentation


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 17 at 6 pm at South Church (enter on John Street.)


Our discussions will include a second presentation by Suzanne Hopgood of Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) on their current projects, and Randal Davis of Department of Transportation on the new CT Rail line to New Haven and Springfield (who was unable to attend the September meeting). We hope to see lots of neighbors there.