It’s about to happen – 2,000 UConn staff, students, and faculty arrive in downtown Hartford in late August, and there is quite a buzz in the neighborhood.

Downtown restaurants and retailers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of these new patrons, and planning facelifts or renovations and even new student discounts.  Several downtown eateries have also applied to accept “Husky Bucks”, UConn’s cashless debit card that students can use for meals and other essentials.  Even CTtransit is getting involved in welcoming UConn’s students to downtown, by offering discounted bus rides to and from the school.

Hartford notes that hopes are high that this influx of Millennials will be a catalyst for further blossoming of downtown Hartford:  “Farmington entertainment entrepreneur Dan Hincks, owner of Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in the Front Street district, says the potential benefit to the district and to Hartford’s image is being underestimated. Hincks said with Trinity College coming downtown later this year, and University of St. Joseph eyeing expansion of its downtown presence, and University of Hartford mulling something similar, the stage is set for Hartford to become a regional entertainment destination.”

Read more about the history and hopes for the downtown Hartford neighborhood in the full article: UConn’s Front Street arrival sets off a retail feeding frenzy — Hartford