Urban renewal projects changed the face of Hartford by removing homes, movie theaters, restaurants, and shops in the downtown area and replacing them with large-scale buildings and parking lots.
After work, people returned to their neighborhoods outside of Hartford—leaving downtown empty. While progress has been made, Hartford’s city planners, members of the business community, organizations, and residents continue to look for ways to bring people back to downtown Hartford to live and play.
One urban renewal project that displaced residents and business was Bushnell Plaza. Bushnell Tower, designed by I.M. Pei and erected in 1969, was part of a more comprehensive plan for the complex. Another tower of equal stature was planned but never built.