You may have heard the motto, “create your day, create your future,” which is a favorite of our Communications Manager. The idea is that by making today the best, most productive day it can be, consciously making one decision at a time to move us toward our goals, we stack together a series of successful individual days, thereby creating the future we desired.

As a follow up to his walkability assessment as part of the Come Home to Downtown program, David Sousa, CDM Smith, takes city officials and local stakeholders from Torrington on a walking tour of the downtown.

As a follow up to his walkability assessment as part of the Come Home to Downtown program, David Sousa, CDM Smith, takes city officials and local stakeholders from Torrington on a walking tour of the downtown.  Come Home to Downtown aims to bring more housing above commercial space to our Main Streets and Town Centers.

At CMSC, some of our goals and initiatives – to facilitate mixed-use development in our downtowns; to add reliable, convenient transit throughout the state; to create walkable communities that accommodate all users; to educate residents, city and state officials about the importance and value of these things – can seem overwhelmingly large. At times it’s hard to tell if we’re making progress, especially when we hear again and again that “it can’t be done” – with “it” being anything from bringing housing to our downtowns to having less parking spaces on our Main Streets.

Still we carry on, doing what we can, making calls, holding meetings, hosting workshops. Suddenly we see our efforts bearing fruit. Meetings with property owners about the obstacles to mixed-use development turn into conversations with colleagues about how we can help. Subsequent calls to partners coalesce into a collation that proposes draft legislation. Legislation that we hope will pass and enable what we once thought nearly impossible – facilitating more mixed-use development in our downtowns.

At CMSC, we believe we can and are making a difference to Connecticut’s downtowns. Through our continued efforts each and every day we’re building better town centers as we share the value and importance of these places. Because when we string together a series of successful todays, all of a sudden we find we didn’t just create our day, we created our future.