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Hartford Renaissance District

First piloting in the Capitol City of Hartford on Barbour Street, the Hartford Renaissance District (HRD) is a socioeconomic solution to resurrect and revitalize impoverished neighborhoods for families in the Black community. Barbour Street is in the Northeast section of Hartford.

The goal of this initiative is to create a safe and sustainable quality of life environment for the Black community in Hartford. Since the Hartford riots of 1968, the socio-economic-emotional vacancy is now at a watershed moment for vital reforms. These reforms are intentioned to raise self-esteem, instill pride and purpose for families dwelling in the Barbour street neighborhood to transition to an organic healthy community without gentrification. Renaming Barbour street is imperative since the name Barbour is after a man who supported the enslavement of Africans.

The Focus

A consortium focused initiative to include, but not exhaustive in the areas of:

  1. Creating an economic ecosystem that includes business development and finance

  2. Infrastructural bricks and mortar revitalization and redevelopment

  3. Education, vocational and digital literacy

  4. Health security (physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual)

  5. Cultural, arts, and entertainment

The Renaissance District:

The renaissance district (in memory of the Harlem Renaissance), is a rebirth providing a holistic solution for a thriving community to include:

  1. Resurrect and restore the people

  2. Resurrect and restore real estate

  3. Resurrect and restore business and trade

  4. Resurrect and restore human needs: food security, safety, housing, community and belonging

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