Looking For Historic Wall Street Photos

Share Your History:

Norwalk 2.0 looking for images and documents that tell the story of downtown Norwalk

Norwalk 2.0 is collecting images that document the history of Wall Street and downtown Norwalk and illustrate its many changes. A selection will be chosen for reproduction in a walking history trail exhibit and map and website that will be installed next month.

We are asking anyone interested in helping with the project to to bring old photos, maps or other interesting documents, to POP City (68 Wall Street), specifically photos, maps, images or anything that illustrates the history of downtown between the 1930s and the 1980s. The dates we are collecting at POP City are Saturday August 24th from 10 am to 2 pm and on Monday August 26th from 4 pm to 8 pm.

All materials will be scanned on the spot and returned.

Images that are selected will be reproduced and displayed as part of an outdoor exhibit at key points along the arts trail established as part of Norwalk 2.0’s creative placemaking project – FACES of Norwalk. This initiative is designed to ignite activity in downtown Norwalk and bring back a sense of community and pride in the neighborhood.

Wall Street, which connects the East and West parts of Norwalk with a bridge over the Norwalk River has been a vital part of Norwalk’s growth up until the 1955 flood. Norwalk 2.0’s ongoing project aims to capture the cultural significance of the history since that point and has created programs and projects that have brought attention to the area.

“We’ve long been believers that cultural exhibits don’t have to always be in a formal setting and contained within a building out of context where things actually happened,” said Jackie Lightfield co-founder of Norwalk 2.0. “We hope that by placing an exhibit in context of what is here now and what was once there will enable the viewer to explore the ties to the recent past and connect with how history is something that is living part of a community.”

“So much of what Wall Street was in its peak is still visible;” said co-founder Maribeth Becker. “this exhibit will bring stories to life.”

Norwalk 2.0 thanks Dorothy Mobilia, Peter Bondi, Rick McQuaid, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk Preservation Trust and the Redevelopment Agency for their help with this endeavor.

Norwalk 2.0 is a community and economic development organization dedicated to bringing people back to heart of Norwalk’s downtown. Linking the past with the future, the FACES of Norwalk project received funding support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (DECD Office of the Arts) as part of the Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP-3) Arts Leadership Implementation grant program.

Norwalk 2.0 is part of a growing national movement that leverages technology to increase social engagement and participation in communities. Gov 2.0, Code for America and Startup America all focus on delivering tech tools to local organizations and communities to enable better and more efficient ways of making communities better.

Becker and Lightfield founded Norwalk 2.0 in the summer of 2010 to address needs in Norwalk after extensive work as civic leaders.

Norwalk 2.0’s mission is to engage residents, businesses and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future.

The before and after

The transformation of a vacant storefront is always exciting. This is a before and after shots Of the POP City space at 68 Wall Street.



Calling all artists

We’re creating art inspired Norwalk 2.0 t-shirts. If you are an artist (or play one on tv), know an artist or wanna be an artist, we are looking for creative interpretations about what Norwalk 2.0 is all about.

We will post renditions of our faves here and let the world vote on the winners. Then we create the shirts and they become a bonus gift for making a donation. All that, and nary a telethon on the horizon!

How to Play:

Fill out this form along with a jpg of your design and we’ll post ’em here. Your theme, what do we mean by “Be the Change” or what is Norwalk 2.0?


Civility & The Press: A Discussion

We continue our support of community conversations. Civility and the Press: A paneldiscussion on March 29 at Fat Cat Pie Co. Wine Room. Tickets are $20 and include wine of course. Is the press part of the problem or part of the solution. Hear from Froma Harrop, Jerrod Ferrari and Thomas Mellana and join in the discussion.

What Does Civility Mean to You?

Maybe it’s a sign of why economic development is stalled out in Norwalk, but the early feedback about our Community Conversation has been an unhealthy focus on politics. Of all the things a community conversation can be, a narrowly focused litany of who said what when is what it is not. Listening is an undervalued art form.

Norwalk 2.0 is winding up the Norwalk Listens, the first city-wide survey devoted to listening to what people, whether residents, visitors or businesses have to say about what they think about Norwalk. We will be releasing some results from this summer long survey at our November 3, FUNdraiser.

In the meanwhile, here’s some links to what civility conversations look like on the web:

Norwalk’s own Steve Rappaport’s book Listen First:

The End of Listening as We Know It: From Market Research Projects to Enterprise Value Creator by Yoram (Jerry) Wind, Lauder Professor of Marketing, the Wharton School, and Stephen D. Rappaport, the Advertising Research Foundation

Called “the world’s largest focus group,” “free mind-reading,” and other superlatives, many researchers have grabbed onto social media listening as the latest way to harvest consumer “insights” from “rivers” of “authentic, unfiltered conversations” in the social Web. Few willrefute the notion that listening is a priority for companies of all sizes. However, we argue that its potential is severely limited by the conventional mental models held by so many people today. The widely shared mental model is short term in focus and fails to lay the groundwork for an enduring model of listening, one that will provide companies with insights, competitive advantages, and the ability to create value through time, and carry them through the disruptions we know will inevitably occur (though we’re not sure when or how, quite yet.).

The Book blog

A Civility Quiz on Everyday Life

Thoughts on Civility

How do you view civility?

  • The five main things that spring to mind when I envision a “Civil Campus” are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  • Examples of civil behavior that I have witnessed on campus during the past year include:
  • Examples of uncivil behavior that I have witnessed on campus during the past year include:
  • Creating a civil campus is important to me because…
  • What role does respect play here on campus?
  • I agree/disagree with this statement: The encouragement toward civility will help our students become more engaged, caring citizens of the world. Why?
Choose Civility Symposium
Inspired by the book Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct, by Johns Hopkins University Professor Dr. P.M. Forni, Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative, led by Howard County Library. The Symposium is a free annual event, usually in October, that explores the role of civility with notable key note speakers. For more information visit, www.choosecivility.orgWork of P. M. Forni. http://krieger.jhu.edu/civilityCharacter Stengths

What Does Bullying Behavior Look Like?


A Community Conversation on Civility

A Community Conversation on Civility Gathers on October 12th
NORWALK – Norwalk 2.0, a community development advocate, working with REd APPLES, a grassroots non-partisan community coalition organized around improving Norwalk Public Schools are co-hosting a Community Conversation about Civility on Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8 p.m. in the Fat Cat Pie Co. special events room at 3-Wall St.
Both organizations want to start a conversation about how we as citizens behave in public.  Whether it’s the Board of Education, the board room or public hearings, the climate of community discussion is in peril. What can citizens of Norwalk do to renew a sense of civility and respect?
The event is free, and open to the public.  Light snacks will be provided by Fat Cat, and a cash bar will be provided for those wishing to have a glass of wine. Come, listen and share your ideas about what you are willing to do to change our community culture from one characterized by dysfunction and bullying to one built on respect and civil discourse.

Info on the Peeps Show

Peeps Show Opening/Pop-Up Gallery-August 24. 6:30-10pm. SONO

Twelve Firing Circuit Artists will be exhibiting at the mARTket Pop-Up Gallery
136 Washington St., South Norwalk, Ct. (home of the old Sweet Rexies/next to Donavan’s).

Opening Reception:
Wednesday August 24, 2011 from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
Thursday and Friday – 4 pm – 10 pm
Saturday – 3 pm – 10 pm
Sunday – 12 noon – 6 pm
or by appointment (contact any artist below)

Special Events:
demo and instruction by Lori Lohstoeter.  Thursday from 7-10pm (description below)
collaborative clay installation project with Denise Minnerly.  Friday from 7-9pm (description below)

Watch how an artist sets up an interesting still life using every day objects.
Watch how an artist builds an image starting with line and adding value for creating dimension.

Enjoy talking with an artist about drawing.

Enjoy a free drawing lessons filled with tips and shared techniques.
Lori is an experienced art instructor. She teaches drawing at Norwalk Community College as well as creative computer programs with private students: artorg911.com your creative computer help line.  For complete information on Lori, go to her website: loriloh.com


Come and participate in a collaborative installation project.  Each participant will mold their own ball of clay into a small house to be included in a future gallery installation.  Artist Denise Minnerly will guide you through the process of creating your version of a home with her intuitive imagination and vision.  For complete information on Denise, go to her website: deniseminnerly.com

Heather Braxton heatherbraxton.com, Mario Cipri/845-490-4402, Mari Gyorgyey (facebook/mari georgyey and her art), Elisa Keogh elisakeogh.com Karen Larocque kdlart@optonline.net, Susan Leggitt susanleggitt.com, Regina Sender Levin reginaslevin@gmail.com, Lori Lohstoeter loriloh.com, Denise Minnerly deniseminnerly.com, Derek Uhlman uhlman.com, Karen Vogel karenvogelstudio.com, and Carla Wales carlawalesart.com

SPACE DONATED BY Tom Rich, managing Partner of T.R. SoNo Partners, an FD Rich Company affiliate.

EVENT SPONSORED BY Norwalk 2.0 whose mission is to engage residents, businesses and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future.

For information check out the website at www.norwalk2.org.