The tour group, including WVRA’s Mistina Hanscom, center, and CMSC's Christine Schilke, right, walk “Graffiti Alley.” Photo Credit: David Sepulveda, New Haven Independent

The tour group, including WVRA’s Mistina Hanscom, center, and CMSC’s Christine Schilke, right, walk “Graffiti Alley.” Photo Credit: David Sepulveda, New Haven Independent

Connecticut Main Street Center and CEDAS (Connecticut Economic Development Association), two not-for-profit organizations with dovetailing missions to help revitalize Connecticut main streets and advance economic development, gathered a group at Westville’s Lyric Hall for guided walking tours in cooperation with WVRA (Westville Village Renaissance Alliance) board members and staff, reports the New Haven Independent.

The tour was part of a networking event between the two organizations, providing members with the opportunity to see this unique urban village and learn about its challenges and triumphs.  The event began with a talk at Lyric Hall by owner John Cavalier and continued with a walking tour, led by members of WVRA.  Stops included, “ArloW, New Haven’s only income-restricted artists residential units; Edgewood Park, the scene of City Seed’s weekly Farmers’ Market; the thriving Manjares Cafe; and Stone Hearth, Westville’s farm-to-table restaurant that has absorbed aspects of the owner’s older Westville Village restaurant, Delaney’s, after a catastrophic fire on Aug. 25,” said the Independent.  Delaney’s landowner Ron Groves, who also joined the tour, said he is “going to try to restore what was there.”

Tour Shows Off Westville’s “Main Street”