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I’d Trade Price Rite for The Elm

Posted by whforums on June 26, 2008

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Elmwood’s “revival” in media large (like the New York Times) and small (like West Hartford Life — I’d link you there, but their website has no … content). I wonder, though, how much Elmwood is actually being “revived” and how much it needed “revival” in the first place (as an area, it hardly needs(ed) an EMT). It’s not that new condos (are condos the same as neighborhoods? Yes but No) and a couple of grocery stores aren’t good things, it’s just that it makes the “revival” seem much more abstractly corporate than deliberately local. Who’s getting the benefit here — Elmwood, or Stop and Shop? I’m not sure it’s as symbiotic as we might like to think.

It may very well be that I just can’t get over the fact that there’s a Walgreens in The Elm. Yet it’s hard to escape the thought that throughout this development and “revival” we see more and more businesses in the community, but not necessarily more and more businesses of the community.

Yeah. It’s probably just that I miss The Elm …

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