CERC provides a clear database of information pertaining to demographics, economics, education, government, housing, labor, and quality of life. You can compare/contrast towns’ statistics with each other and to county and state averages. This is very useful to have when analyzing issues, such as discrepancies between cities and surrounding towns. For instance, the poverty rate in Hartford is at 30.6%. Compare that to 4.5% in the neighboring West Hartford, and 2.2% in Simsbury.
A protest of immigration raids is slated for the morning of Monday, April 2nd at 8:30 in front of the Federal Building on Main Street in Hartford. The action intends to show support for the eleven Ecuadorian day laborers who were arrested in Danbury by a federal agent.
Private ownership of vehicles is an environmentally detrimental luxury that not everyone has. Recognizing that both eco-conscious and poorer people have transportation needs, plans for the New Britain-Hartford Busway are expected to move forward this Friday. Who will use this? CERC puts the number of people commuting into the city at 37,720, and that’s only from the closest surrounding towns. That does not count the number commuting from Hartford to work elsewhere. Hopefully, public interest will defeat selfish desires and tempt many of those thousands to take advantage of improved public transportation.
Occasionally, even the worst reporting hints that the city’s drug problem is not entirely its own. In a recent story, two people were busted in West Hartford after buying narcotics in Hartford. One was from Bristol, another from Rockville. In all of the demonization of Hartford, we rarely hear about how the crime goes both ways.
Over 100 children were arrested for underage drinking at a downtown club. The Courant only says it was at 81 Asylum. A google search shows that is the location of Fuel nightclub.
Finally, the police are sending the right message: We’re not going to tolerate illegal drug or alcohol use, no matter who is using it, whether you’re a city resident or a privileged college student.
East Coast Greenway – The Council adopted a resolution that 1) supports the City of Hartford taking the lead in exploring opportunities to connect the city to the East Coast Greenway, 2) encourages the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) to integrate the city’s bicycle path network and open space and conservation plan into the MDC’s Clean Water Project and drainage improvements, and 3) asks the Mayor to appoint an ad hoc task force to develop a plan for bicycle improvements in the city, including a link to the Greenway. The East Coast Greenway is a multi-use trail, currently under development, that will extend from Maine to Florida. (Item #44)
While the Council approved these resolutions, the Hartford Greens met a few days later to discuss possible candidates, a proposed change in their by-laws, and to craft a questionnaire that would find out what the people really would like to see on the agenda.
Wednesday, April 18th from 6-7:30 pm, Jim Boucher will moderate a public discussion on “Hartford’s Next Generation of Development: Bullish, Bubble, or Bust?”
To register, email or call Dulcie Giadone at email@example.com or 860.522.4888 ext. 6104.
Refreshments are served at 5:30.
There will be a candlelight vigil at 7 tonight to mark the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Dress warm, as there are snow flurries in Hartford right now.
Yesterday, the division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested two Hartford residents on Dorothy Street. This morning, about 40 people protested outside of the Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Hartford.