Blue Back Square has been mentioned numerous times in this blog, but I haven't shown it yet. It is a mixed use development that extended West Hartford Center by 50 percent, east of the original West Hartford Center. It has first floor retail and upper stories for condos and commercial uses. The retail is a mix of national and local retail stores and restaurants.
Key to its success was persuading the Town of West Hartford to turn over some 1920-era municipal buildings to the developer and, in return, relocating municipal services into new buildings on the outskirts of BBS. The development incorporates an eclectic architectural style, to suggest that it grew over time rather than being all built in one year. It works.
I took these pictures before most stores opened for business. Normally there would be plenty of shoppers.