Bartaco, And The Back Side Of Main Street

Standing on the boardwalk outside Bartaco recently, Luke Hammerman enjoyed the view.

The Staples Class of 2010 grad liked the river, and the broad sweep southward.

Parker Harding Plaza — not so much.

This is what the back of Main Street looked like when the Saugatuck River lapped against the stores -- before the construction of Parker Harding Plaza. It doesn't look a lot better today.

This is what the back of Main Street looked like when the Saugatuck River lapped against the stores — before the construction of Parker Harding Plaza. It doesn’t look a lot better today.

Then Luke had a thought: What if property owners spiffed up the backs of their Main Street stores, and painted them a variety of interesting colors?

It’s a great idea. Bartaco has packed the west back of the Saugatuck. New restaurants will bring even more life soon.

Now it’s up to Main Street merchants to give diners and drinkers a reason to cross the bridge. A compelling view is a small step in that direction.

3 responses to “Bartaco, And The Back Side Of Main Street

  1. Nice idea although one that assumes merchants are able & willing to spend a large sum of money. Not always easy to do so while making Westport look more like a Dutch colony is an interesting idea, let’s think about the practical implications too

  2. Dewey Loselle

    I hope that Luke and everyone in Town who has ideas on how our Downtown can be improved will participate in the Downtown 2020 Committee’s planning effort. Right now the Town is interviewing planning and design firms to lend professional expertise to developing a Master Plan for Downtown. The next and last firm interview will take place on Wednesday, July 31st at 7pm in Town Hall Auditorium. I urge anyone interested to come on down, hear the presentation and ask questions. Your input is desired and welcomed by the Committee.

    Once the actual planning process is up and running there will be citizen forums, work planning sessions and surveys for Westporters to put forward ideas (such as Luke’s) and to express their reactions to proposed designs that the planners come up with for the Town’s consideration. Strong and active citizen participation will make for a better Downtown Plan.

  3. Gary Singer

    I think I remember this suggestion after Main Street merchants were fixing the damage caused by the flood of 1955. It may have been made since. If not, it’s nice to bring up every 58 years.