For the second time, voters in West Hartford have approved the Blue Back Square redevelopment project, which had been vigorously denounced by a strange alliance of those who oppose big shopping areas in their towns--and Westfarms Mall. The mall, the less trendy end of which is located in the less trendy end of West Hartford, fears a big drop in profits should Blue Back revive the center.
This is an honest effort to renew a run-down and mostly empty section of town, and, even if it weren't, West Hartford residents approved it by wide margins. Twice. Not that this will stop Westfarms: legal challenges will continue apace until the square is built. I suppose having a toe in Farmington makes one feel entitled.
In the meantime, construction can finally begin. I just hope they get it up quickly.
Puleo, Tom. "Voters OK Blue Back Square." Hartford Courant 22 June, 2005.