Update: March 2015

Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night can keep the Downtown Hartford Progressive Dinner attendees from their appointed rounds*.  On a very snowy February 21st, nearly 60 hardy Downtown residents and SoDo members, armed with their warmest winter gear, wine for their hosts, and a most festive attitude traversed the otherwise quiet city streets for SoDo's biggest fundraiser. Now in its fourth year, this annual event brings residents of Downtown Hartford together to celebrate 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 Park. Many thanks to our Reception Sponsor Freed Marcroft LLC, our Beer Sponsor Thomas Hooker Brewery, our Wine Partner Porter21, and our Dessert Partner PeppercornsPhotos from the event are here and here.

Progressive Dinner Attendees mingle at the pre-dinner reception at Luke & Sara Bronin's lovely Elm Street home. (photo by Bill Morgan Media)

Warmer weather brings the possibility of Spring, and also talk of possible new construction in our neighborhood, possible Residential Parking Passes, and possibly more downtown business open on Saturday. Want to know more? Come to the next SoDo meeting, Wednesday, March 18, 6 pm at the Hartford Public Library, lower level classroom. In addition to our neighborhood business, Don Poland's presentation on Downtown and SoDo's middle-class neighborhoods in the 1800s, which was postponed from February, is not to be missed. Don is a professor of geography and urban planning at CCSU and Trinity (and our Frog Hollow neighbor). If you have never been to one of Don's lectures you are in for an engaging and enlightening experience.

SoDo, circa 1877