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West Hartford Featured in New York Times as ‘A Suburb With an Urban Aesthetic’

West Hartford's outdoor dining corrals, like these along LaSalle Road, have been very popular throughout the warm weather months. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

A feature article published Wednesday in the New York Times profiled the Town of West Hartford and reasons why it’s a desirable place to live.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford was the subject of a feature article published in the New York Times Wednesday morning, where the town was referred to as “A Suburb With an Urban Aesthetic” in the headline, a densely-developed community that’s a “little bit of a liberal enclave” halfway between Boston and New York, NYT writer Lisa Prevost states.

“It is so great to have West Hartford recognized by the New York Times for our vibrancy, stellar restaurant scene, top quality diverse schools, green spaces and more. It really is such an honor to be the Mayor of this unique and caring town that has so much to offer,” West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor said Wednesday.

The town’s website used to feature the motto: “Where City Style Meets Village Charm.”

That’s been expanded and modernized on the current website to note the town’s pride in its diversity: “The Town of West Hartford is dynamic and diverse, offering the best of the urban and suburban experience. We are an inclusive and engaged community with caring and responsible leadership. Our residents are enriched by excellent public schools, outstanding public safety, vibrant public spaces, and programs and services for all ages. The unique cultural, shopping and dining opportunities throughout town make us a regional destination. West Hartford is a great place to live, work, play, and retire.”

Prevost’s main focus is on the town’s thriving real estate market, and the article also notes the town’s vibe as “a foodie’s paradise, with restaurants offering cuisines influenced by a wide array of nationalities,” where last summer’s expanded outdoor dining (which will be returning within weeks) turned it into a “mecca.” Opportunities for other outdoor activities like golf and parks, and schools that mirror the diversity of the country were also mentioned.

You can read the full article here.

This is the second time in the past year that the New York Times has put West Hartford in the spotlight. In August 2020, West Hartford was the only Connecticut town listed in the New York Times article “Leaving New York: How to Choose the Right Suburb.”

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1 Comment

  • Love that West Hartford is getting positive press. Very bizarre what they chose to mention in the History section. Read the comments from the NYT article to see other things people have mentioned that were omitted from the article that also make WeHa such a great place to live.

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