Out For A Walk In New Haven

I know I’ve said this before, but Downtown New Haven is coming back. I walked to dinner with a few co-workers tonight. It was just a little hole-in-the-wall place, but the owner was still behind the counter at 8:00 PM. It’s a few blocks off the current rejuvenation. Its time will come sooner rather than later.

The block we were on was full of old, mainly empty buildings. I wanted to say abandoned, but I’m certain someone’s got plans for these structures. Big windows. High ceilings. Condos or apartments – that’s what’s most likely.

What really impressed me was the detail work in some of these older structures. There was intricate masonry and dental molding all around. It’s the kind of thing you’ll never see just driving through.

I looked at some of the buildings and tried to decide the thought process that went into building them. So many went to serve businesses no longer here, in business sectors that no longer exist.

I have to bring my camera to work soon. These buildings need to be documented before they are rebuilt, or torn down, or our boom busts.

Man, I hope that doesn’t happen.

3 thoughts on “Out For A Walk In New Haven”

  1. New Haven has the most vibrant downtown of any city in Connecticut, bar none. And it certainly has one of the most vibrant downtowns of any city in New England.

    Example: my brother-in-law, who lives in Buffalo is in NYC this week for work. I think this is only the 3rd or 4th time he’s ever been in the city. We debated going down there to have dinner with him tomorrow, but after discussing it with him he decided to take the train up after work tomorrow evening and we’ll have dinner here in New Haven instead. The range of culinary choices we have here rivals Manhattan, and the prices are better. I’m sure he’ll enjoy walking around our downtown just as much as he did walking around Greenwich Village this evening.

  2. Manhattan has nothing like East Rock or West Rock Park.
    I like to visit Manhattan, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
    On the other hand, I have to say, having lived in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Indiana, and all over CT (born in New London), that New Haven is, honestly, my favorite place to live. I’ve been here since 2007. There are museums, parks, cultural opportunities, a diverse array of international cuisines available (I live right around the corner from a Peruvian restaurant!). Within a short walk, I can actually ensconce myself in the forest, without leaving the city limits. I like it here.
    What we lack (and need, IMHO) is some of that great Brazilian food that, currently, you have to go to Bridgeport, Hartford, or Danbury to find. If we had just one decent churrascaria brasileira, the City of New Haven would be complete!

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