This article by Staff Writer Kenneth Gosselin originally appeared in the Hartford Courant November 28, 2021
More than a century ago, Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood buzzed with manufacturing turning out bicycles, typewriters and even automobiles, a Silicon Valley of its day.
The spirit of innovation is again taking wing in Parkville, with a new push by city leaders and the private sector to foster a 21st century hotbed of startups, particularly in advance manufacturing and cost-saving technology for the insurance industry. This, they say, is a good fit with arts and culture that have thrived in Parkville for years.
The plans envision a neighborhood of not only early-stage companies but new apartments, more restaurants, a parking garage and entertainment venues—all existing together in a campus-like atmosphere a short walk from Pope Park and West Hartford’s Park Road.