Blaming Hartford Means Not Having to Examine Our Own Behaviors

Sadly, another person has been killed after being hit by a vehicle. Instead of holding responsible the driver, the anonymous loudmouths who comment on most Courant articles have placed the blame on Hartford, Obama, and various ethnic groups:

As the population of Hartford keeps looking more and more like Africa and Mexico, the lawless atmosphere which is systemic in most of Africa and Mexico is brought to Hartford. Just a big 3rd world city full of Obama voters, just sit back and watch the crime happen.

DeborahHemu (03/28/2010, 8:54 AM )

Hob Nob, Sadly it is about Hartford, This happens far too often in Hartford.. I remember Providence being like this 30 years ago.. What did they do? They made the city into a real showcase..
They can do the same with Hartford, it just takes a strong political base. and a strong police department.
Chief Roberts and Perez need to go. Bring outsiders in and let them do what they need to to clean up the sewage

brtrains (03/28/2010, 7:44 AM )

No, this *is* about Hartford. Yet another senseless tragedy, another reckless driver.

jh06415 (03/28/2010, 5:29 AM )

Hi brtrains, idiot, have you ever seen an ambulance pull into HH? What do you think, they pull to the ER lot at 70 miles/hour???

xyzz898zzyx (03/27/2010, 9:35 PM )

Good old Hartford, the arm pit of New England… To the idiots that think there should be speed bumps…. How is an ambulance supposed to go over them near the hospital in emergencies?

Clean up hartford and throw all the illegals out including all the crooked politicians

brtrains (03/27/2010, 8:26 PM )

sjsj (03/27/2010, 2:25 PM ) Hartford is a Cess Pool….lmaooooooooooooooo

DeeboBigWorm (03/27/2010, 7:30 PM )

They really should start putting speed bumps in Hartford,or atleast the grated concrete that makes your car shake when you go too fast. There’s too many idiots there w/ no license or insurance or regristration, and especially no respect for anyone else.

melycabrera (03/27/2010, 6:21 PM )

Said it before, I’ll say it again. The main reason my family doesnt go into Hartford isnt the crime or lack of parking. The cops do not enforce speed laws and residents dont know what a stop sign means. I’ll take my business where human beings live.

obkenobie (03/27/2010, 6:10 PM )

The streets around Hartford and St. Francis need multiple speed bumps for jackasses who think human life is nothing compared to the suspension on their cars.

CrazP (03/27/2010, 4:49 PM )

Way to go Hartford. Another Headline about death that will be National News.

DeeboBigWorm (03/27/2010, 1:19 PM )

As long as people can point the finger at false causes, they never have to examine the real problem. Reckless/Inattentive people + a ton or more of steel and plastic = Disaster. People in rural areas have fewer hit and runs involving humans because what there is to hit in those areas are trees, deer, and guardrails. Drive out to the rural areas of Connecticut and what you will see in the road are not human victims but countless squirrels, opossums, raccoons, and cats. In suburban and urban areas, there are lots of other vehicles for the bad drivers to crash into. There are plenty of car-versus-car accidents around shopping centers. In urban areas, we have more pedestrian traffic, and while a single fatality is too many, we do not even near the number of car-versus-opossum incidents as one sees proof of along country roads. The problem is not Hartford, Africans, Mexicans, or even the politicians. The problem is that there are too many reckless and distracted people everywhere driving who ought not be.

Recent Hit and Runs in CT (that have made the news)

As you can see, reckless driving, evasion of responsibility, and genuine confusion-behind-the-wheel are not problems remotely unique to Hartford.

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Lend me Some Sugar, I am Your Neighbor

Speaking with photographer Jasper James was worth the price of admission. He showed me video of the animals he photographed, told me stories of his numerous trips to Alaska, and was all around good-humored. James is just one of the couple hundred artisans showing and selling their work at this weekend’s Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Continue reading “Lend me Some Sugar, I am Your Neighbor”

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Hartford Gets Its Own Cupcake Truck

I found The Cupcake Brake truck parked on Broad Street this afternoon. This is its third day operating and is based in the Hartford area. We no longer have to wait on the New Haven Cupcake Truck!

When I arrived, they had sold out of everything but carrot cake, so my choice was made for me. They said that there were long lines earlier, which I don’t doubt.

Unfortunately, the cupcake went from truck to gullet, so I have no photo to post of it, but perhaps in the future.

You can find out where they are currently parked by visiting their website.

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Lyric Theater Demolition: “Order Letter is Official and Cannot be Changed”

Wednesday evening’s Frog Hollow NRZ meeting was full of irony.

The meeting began with discussion about blighted properties, including the Capitol West building. While considering possible proactive measures to take about the Myrtle Street eyesore, which is one of the first sights to greet visitors to Hartford, Glenn Geathers — Project Manager of Department of Development Services Economic Development Division — basically told concerned residents that there was nothing to be done, even though no positive changes have been made to this property in years. He said that the economy dried up the owner’s grand vision of developing this structure into condominiums. So, we’re told to sit tight and wait.

When the main topic of discussion — the “emergency” demolition of the Lyric Theater — came up, Geathers espoused the same sentiment. Sorry folks. Nothing for you to do here. Move on. Continue reading “Lyric Theater Demolition: “Order Letter is Official and Cannot be Changed””

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spring break in a three-mile radius

This is the first year that both of the colleges I work for had their spring breaks line up. Since I work seven days a week, these five days were the only that I have had off (not counting one snow day) since classes resumed in January. Rather than create stress by planning for an expensive vacation to some warmer place, I decided to stick close to home. Real close. Continue reading “spring break in a three-mile radius”

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