About Re-Imagining Main Street

What is Re-Imagining Main Street?
Re-Imagining Main Street was an initiative that engaged the community in creating a vision, and then a conceptual design plan, to improve Main Street. This planning effort envisioned how Main Street could transform into a complete street by providing pedestrian and bicycle amenities that did not currently exist, enhanced transit access, streetscape amenities, create linkages to adjacent major destinations, and address traffic operations and safety issues that put the human experience front and center.

Along with numerous local and regional assets on Main Street and many others less than a mile from the corridor, Main Street is a vital connection between Downtown Hartford and the Hartford Hospital Area, the developing Downtown North area, and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

What are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets is a shorthand term for streets that have been planned, designed, and operated with the consideration of the needs of all travelers within the corridor, not just motor vehicle operators, but also including people of all ages and abilities who are taking public transportation, walking, or riding a bicycle. Every street and its environment are different, so physical manifestation of this principle will change given the local context. However, ensuring the provision of safe facilities for all users is a core tenet of Complete Streets. Click here to find out more.

Creating a Conversation:

Public input on what would make Main Street great was vital to the success of the project. As part of this process the team asked that the public actively participate in helping to establish a new vision for Main Street. Key dates and information related to the community outreach process were posted to this site throughout the project. During the course of this project a series of public workshops were held to gather vital feedback and ideas. Site visitors could go to the Events tab above for key dates or the Get Involved tab to stay up to date on the latest information related to Re-imagining Main Street. A public survey and online map, found at the top of the page, were also available as ways to get involved.

What is the Advisory Committee?

The Re-imagining Main Street Advisory Committee, a steering committee for the vision process, was selected to work closely with the consultant team and the City of Hartford. Their role was to provide insight and guidance throughout the process and broaden outreach opportunities for the larger community. The committee was selected to reflect a diverse skillset, expertise within a particular content range area and a range of perspectives. The Re-imagining Main Street Advisory Committee included the following organizations:

Chamber of Commerce

Capitol Region Council of Governmens (CRCOG)

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)


Frog Hollow Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ)

Hartford Business Improvement District

Hartford Department of Public Works

Hartford Hospital

Hartford Parking Authority

Hartford Public Library


Park and Main Development Team

Shelbourne Company

South Downtown (SODO) NRZ

Stark Building

Transport Hartford/Center for Latino Progress

Travelers Insurance Company