Photo, above: Sunrise one week ago - on the NL HarborCam. Remember: there's Daylight Savings today -- we spring ahead one hour.
This week at the Custom House...
Subtle signs of Spring are detectable along Bank Street and at the Custom House. We've planted the flowerpots (always done before St Patrick's Day), crocus are up alongside the museum. The mayor called in downtown businesses & nonprofits for a briefing on Wednesday. What's up? New sidewalks planned for Bank Street, brighter light bulbs on State, a few new benches, there will be trees set out in movable pots(!). But no landscaping, and that's a real shame.
The City might try a HighLine-type treatment somewhere downtown. It's a hard city center: all concrete and asphalt - with little green space and very few street trees. Waterfront Park would be a spectacular location for soft plantings, creative seating, and local food vendors. A holistic approach, a setting that encourages social interactions & spontaneous happenings -- not just spotty special events -- could turn things around. Landscaping would go a long way towards making the park more welcoming and friendly, year-round.
That the artist Wyland will be here at the end of the month to redo his Whale mural on Eugene O'Neil Drive is reason to celebrate! We thank the City and the New London Cultural District for that. Hope you've received your newsletter in the mail -- mine arrived on Monday. See you at the parade!
-- Susan Tamulevich