Photography exhibit at Otis Library features contaminated properties

Norwich – Otis Library will host a Norwich photography exhibit starting Friday that won't feature the majestic historic buildings with elaborate and well-maintained features or the mansion homes on the hills.

This exhibit wants viewers to consider what was left behind after the industrial age brought Norwich its wealth and all those beautiful buildings.

"Arrested Development: Norwich Brownfields, Photographed by Therese Carlos" will run from Friday through Monday, Dec. 30 at Otis Library, 261 Main St., Norwich. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday featuring a panel discussion at 7 p.m. about the city's efforts to obtain clean-up funds to clean up brownfields sites.

Norwich has about 130 confirmed or probable brownfields locations. The exhibit, sponsored by Otis Library, presents photographs of about 10 sites scattered throughout the city. The exhibit is designed to initiate an informed community conversation about these sites.

"These old neglected sites are black holes in the heart of the city," Blizard said. "In the middle of our commercial areas, they drag down neighborhoods. They don't pay much in taxes, don't contribute to the vitality of neighborhoods and are a magnet for problems."

For sign language interpretation of the panel discussion, contact Julie Menders at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Descriptive tours for people with visual disabilities may be arranged by appointment. For more information, contact Elanah Sherman at elanahs@gmail.com or (860) 614-7200.

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