Michelle Riordan-Nold | CT Mirror

The Beck Group’s Dallas Arboretum Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is one of the projects competing for the Urban Land Institute award.

The new CT fastrak busway presents a great opportunity for Hartford and New Britain residents, and for Connecticut. The expansion of public transit opens up more employment opportunities for the projected 16,000 riders a day using the new system.

But in order for our region to take full advantage of this new resource, the needs of the residents living in the vicinity of the new transit lines must be taken into consideration.

These residents include young children and families who are often not the primary consideration for transit-oriented development, which generally focus on labor and housing needs, not family needs.

The Early Development Instrument (EDI), a recent pilot study sponsored by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, looks at the whole population of children in neighborhoods in Hartford and West Hartford in regards to five key domains: physical health and well-being, language and cognitive development, social competence, emotional maturity, and communication skills and general knowledge. These domains focus not only on academic success, but also the social and emotional development children need to get ready for school. Read more