Washington Street leading to Hartford Hospital is a very interesting stretch of Hartford road. It starts across from the renowned State Capitol, the Bushnell is right there, and just a little further down Washington Street is the Hartford Superior Court, an impressive building in its own right. Directly across from the Superior Court is Troop H, the Connecticut State Police's Hartford Barracks. Across Park Street is of course Hartford Hospital which is, as far as we known, a well-respected state of the art hospital. Despite this impressive array of law making, law enforcing, justice deciding, and care giving facilities crammed into the area, there still exists a very seedy underbelly to the area.
Of course there are a myriad of other factors in play here. Who owns the buildings? What kind of condition are they in on the inside? It's probably a pretty safe bet to assume that the insides are in pretty rough shape and would require a substantial investment.
(Ed. Note: Donald Poland, who is involved in urban planning provides us with "I believe these properties are owned by hartford hospital and are slated for demolition to construct a new medical facility that is in the process of design at this time."
There is of course the aforementioned drug trade and use around the corner that is enough to scare of most sane potential tenants. We really don't have any answers. It just seems a shame that two nice old buildings are just rotting and sitting as eyesores when given the proximity to jobs and attractions, it seems that they could be attractive places to live. How these types of problems get dealt with will go a long way in determining Hartford's short and medium term future. If we had answers, we would certainly provide them. Until then we will just continue to explore and observe the Sad City.