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Dick and Susan Reinhart make the 1926 building that once housed the Southern New England Telephone Co. their home in Hartford. They designed the apartment. ‘‘We already thank ourselves,’’ Dick said.
Dick and Susan Reinhart make the 1926 building that once housed the Southern New England Telephone Co. their home in Hartford. They designed the apartment. ‘‘We already thank ourselves,’’ Dick said. (Globe Photo / Stephen Rose) Globe Photo / Stephen Rose
Hartford

Urban makeover

One of the wealthiest cities in the country 100 years ago when insurance and manufacturing brought fortune and good living, Hartford is attempting a comeback from ills that drove many from downtown after dark.

By Sarah Schweitzer
Globe Staff / March 28, 2005

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Beset by violent crime and poverty, this capital city for decades has seen its middle-class workers flee to suburbs after dark, leaving its center an empty canyon of buildings surrounded by some of the most troubled neighborhoods in the Northeast. (Full article: 1338 words)

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