Last night, Debbie and I took our daughter to the Pilobolus performance at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford, Connecticut. It was spectacular. The show was fabulous, and so was the late spring weather. The warmth signaled that summer is here and the city was vibrant as a result. Pilobolus is a dance troupe based in Washington Depot, Connecticut. They are from CT, but they travel the world. The blend of dance and athleticism is amazing. We were blown away by the strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility of the dancers. There is no question that we want to see them perform again.

The performance was part of a series of events that are produced by Riverfront Recapture, a non-profit organization that has been behind the development of Hartford and East Hartford’s waterfront. The Connecticut River is a treasure that was walled off from the city by highways, bridges, and buildings. What a shame. But, over the past 30 years, Riverfront has revitalized the waterfront.

Horst Engineering has been a supporter of Riverfront Recapture for many years. In addition to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, the revitalization has included the development of several other parks on both sides of the river, the construction of a boathouse, the introduction of artwork to the riverfront, and the connection of the riverfront to downtown Hartford. The Connecticut Convention Center and the Connecticut Science Center are also new structures that owe their success to the redevelopment efforts. Hartford is stuck in the middle, with the sizable cities of Boston and New York, within two-hour drives. Hartford may not have the same culture as those metropolis’, but the culture is definitely improving. Bringing Pilobolus back to Hartford for a free concert is another example of how the city is making progress, particularly with the arts.

It was a good night to be in Hartford.

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