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Speed of Capital Improvement Projects: November 2014 Update

By , November 5, 2014 6:26 pm

We began looking at the speed of various projects in Hartford as we noticed a serious slow down of work at the same time that we were hearing rumors out of City Hall that money was being creatively redistributed. Others can look into the latter, but as we took a peek at various projects, it was undeniable that movement stalled in the season when the weather is actually cooperative for much of the work. Now, we look again to see what has changed since early September.

iQuilt and the Intermodal Triangle

When the iQuilt was developing and the public was invited to various meetings, the impression given was that this was meant to invigorate the environment, making a more pedestrian-friendly connection from the area of Bushnell Park and The Bushnell, to the Connecticut River. Wayfinding signs have been installed and Envisionfest has finally begun attracting a respectable number of visitors, but what else?

The Intermodal Triangle Project is responsible for the sidewalk along the north side of Bushnell Park getting ripped out. Those who use the park as part of their commute have found themselves re-routed. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects: November 2014 Update'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Pseudo Public Art

By , November 1, 2014 4:03 pm

According to the iQuilt website, the “Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden” was supposed to be open for six months after its installation in September. It may be time to revisit what open means. Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Pseudo Public Art'»

November 2014 Events

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By , October 26, 2014 7:09 pm

November 1

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society today, 9-5. If you have not checked out Pablo Delano’s Hartford Seen exhibit, there’s no time like now. Hartford Prints! will be running a family arts & crafts program from 10-1. CHS is located at One Elizabeth Street.
  • That squealing off in the distance? That’s another person finding out about the The Cats-in-Residence-Program, which opens today at Real Art Ways. Art. Cats. Cats you can adopt and take home with you. The reception is from 5-7 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos fiesta at The Dirt Salon: Day of the Dead costume contest, burlesque by Beat City Beauties, live music from Carlos Hernandez Chavez, and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. You must be 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. Starts at 9p.m., goes into the wee hours of morn. The Dirt Salon is at 50 Bartholomew Avenue.

November 2

  • Connecticut Veterans Parade starts at 12:30, at the corner of Buckingham and Washington Streets.  This year’s grand marshals include Retired Master Sergeant Frank Alvarado of East Haven, Major Linda Cunha of Newington, Retired Staff Sergeant Chandler J. Howard of Farmington, Retired Sergeant Samuel Jacobellis of Danbury, and Retired Brigadier General (CT) Daniel J. McHale of Avon. The parade route includes Trinity Street through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Ford Street, Pearl Street, Main Street, Capitol Avenue, and ending on Hudson Street. Before the parade, there is a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, beginning at 11:30.
  • The Hartt Trombone Ensemble presents its first concert of the 2014-2015 Season, “Hartt Trombone Philharmonic: Symphonic Works for Trombones.” This begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford.

November 3

  • CSS/CON (Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood) meets at CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization meets in the Albany Branch Library at 6 p.m.
  • Do you live or work in Asylum Hill, or just care about it? Come to an Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association meeting today, 6:15 p.m. The group meets at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.
  • Learn to Solder class is offered by MakeHartford. Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required; if you do not have safety glasses, they may be purchased for an additional $4.00. $35 per class. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street, #B7. Ages: Teen/Adult.
  • Sea Tea Improv’s 2-Prov Performance class students will perform two-person improv comedy based on audience suggestions. Tickets are $5 for this event which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra plays every Monday at the Arch Street Tavern, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.
  • Spend Mondays enjoying live jazz at Black-eyed Sally’s from 8-11 p.m. $5 cover. 350 Asylum Street Continue reading 'November 2014 Events'»

Reader Questions About Downtown North Development

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By , October 13, 2014 5:30 pm

As the controversial Downtown North proposal goes to vote on Tuesday, there are still dozens of questions remaining unanswered, not to mention an outstanding FOIA request placed initially to Thomas Deller and Wayne Benjamin, and now to Maribel La Luz. Two camps seem to have emerged on this issue, and it’s not pro-stadium/anti-stadium. It’s those who find it reasonable to ask questions and expect thorough, detailed answers, and those who find critical thinking cringe-worthy.

We have been compiling reader questions since June. Here is what people still want to know about this project. Some reader questions were edited to add clarity:

  • What details exist on the retail space and potential tenants?
  • The City would be contributing land for the the construction of a brewery. Is it acceptable to use public funds to facilitate the production, distribution, and consumption of alcohol?
  • What would the rent be for the housing? Would this fulfill the demand for the type of housing that exists in Hartford?
  • How exactly would a stadium drive development? Give details. How has this occurred in cities that are comparable to Hartford in terms of population and wealth?
  • Why isn’t there a proposal without a stadium?

Proposed Crosswalks, Sharrows, and Bike Lanes That May Happen During Your Lifetime

By , May 29, 2014 3:36 pm

The area of State House Square that had been proposed to change into a lane for buses.

With so little useful information traveling between City Hall and the general public, it is easy to get the impression that projects have stalled when that’s hardly the case. Continue reading 'Proposed Crosswalks, Sharrows, and Bike Lanes That May Happen During Your Lifetime'»

Grid, Interrupted: The Bushnell Neighborhood

By , January 6, 2014 8:51 am

Today Real Hartford introduces a new series: Grid, Interrupted. This will be a glimpse at some of a street or block’s history.



A recent piece in the Courant painted a kind of dreamer’s dream. It reported that the State of Connecticut’s laboratory building, pictured above, is being vacated and is potentially slated for demolition. The Bushnell is eying this spot for condominiums and apartments. Other desired changes to this area: retail and restaurants. A potential change: a parking garage on part of a surface lot and the possibility of a garage elsewhere with (maybe) housing and (maybe) a restaurant surrounding it.

Lovely, ain’t it?

But what the iQuilt supporters have skated around is obvious and simple: no neighborhood is going to exist until all those hideous and isolating surface lots are dealt with, seriously. Continue reading 'Grid, Interrupted: The Bushnell Neighborhood'»

Capital Parks Master Plan: Park Program Fees and Bike Lines

By , December 10, 2013 6:23 pm

Bushnell Park in spring

Pope Park Recreation Center, now being called the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center, played host to the final public input session for the Capital Parks Master Plan Monday night. This was the only of three meetings to be held in one of the city’s parks; the other two were at the Hartford Public Library.

Enthusiasm and engagement was low. New material was sparse. The audience was told that results from the online surveys were in, but that “the team” would not be spending any time sharing this information with the group who had come to hear more about potential plans and give feedback on them.

Most of the evening was a rehash of previous meetings, the process, and a mix of abstract concepts. There was no question-and-answer period. After the presentation was given, residents were told to write down their top three items (desires? dislikes?) on postcards. From there, the meeting seemed to fall apart.

Vintage Base Ball in Colt Park

Does Input Matter? 

There has been more of an effort with this project than with others to get public comment. Besides the three meetings, there was an online survey used to collect thoughts on the parks and there continues to be a feedback form on the Sasaki website.

But what has happened to those ideas?

Materials from the presentation in October did not include all remarks made in the first meeting. Suggestions challenging the iQuilt plan seemed to be omitted from record. Another slide providing early data on barriers to park and recreation program use stated in a large font that “use is hindered by a lack of information, maintenance, and safety concerns,” as if those were the top three issues. Looking at the numbers directly next to the statement, the top three concerns are actually the lack of information about services, poor maintenance, and programs being offered that park users do not have an interest in. During the first meeting, there were plenty of remarks about programs park users would enjoy, but these did not seem to go anywhere.

On other slides, only the negative comments given about Pope Park and Colt Park were shown, despite there being positive comments submitted. As expected, Bushnell Park, Elizabeth Park, and Riverside Park were portrayed as favored.

There were also claims that many comments came in suggesting that the parks need better marketing and branding. From everything witnessed in the first meeting, there was no indication that the public was pushing for yet another branding campaign, which is a creature different from marketing the programs and events offered at the parks.

During Monday’s meeting, it seemed almost nothing from the first meeting had been incorporated. There was no mention of leash law enforcement, programming, cooking grills, or historic fencing at South Green. Allowing some areas of parks to “renaturalize” and creating better infrastructure for cyclists seemed to  be the only items, besides that perennial complaint about ATVs, that made it into this round. It was suggested that hillsides and other areas allowed to renaturalize might discourage ATV use in parks.

It was unclear if those previous ideas from the other meetings and survey were mostly discarded or if the team opted to just not discuss them. Continue reading 'Capital Parks Master Plan: Park Program Fees and Bike Lines'»

Improving Parks, One Carriage Ride at a Time

By , July 12, 2013 12:38 am

“More events in Goodwin, Colt, and Keney Park”


“Ice skating in more parks”

“Enough with the iQuilt already!”

“The old Taste of Hartford…when all the restaurants had booths on Constitution Plaza”

A full house of residents did not hesitate to say and write down what they thought Hartford’s parks could use. The Capital City Parks Master Plan‘s timeline involves several public forums, stakeholder meetings, and an online survey in the near future. Thursday night’s public meeting at the library was the first; two more meetings are planned for August and September. There will be intermittent stakeholder meetings.

With a steering committee, consultants, and engineers on hand, the first meeting was what Tom Deller, City of Hartford’s Director of Development Services, called an attempt to “understand what we have, what we need . . . and how to improve it.”

“It’s important that we hear your concerns,” he said. Continue reading 'Improving Parks, One Carriage Ride at a Time'»

Isle of Safety Among Changes Planned for Intermodal Triangle Project

By , January 9, 2013 10:00 pm

For those paying attention, there was nothing new shared at Wednesday evening’s iQuilt Plan update regarding the “Bushnell Park North” and “Bushnell Gardens” projects.

The former is a name given to the street which changes from Asylum to Ford, Jewell, and Wells. There has consistently been talk of putting this on a “road diet” to create a “wonderful boulevard for downtown,” as Doug Suisman says. Continue reading 'Isle of Safety Among Changes Planned for Intermodal Triangle Project'»

First iQuilt Plan Update of 2013

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By , January 4, 2013 12:57 pm

The iQuilt Plan is less of a mystery now to area residents than it was a few years ago, and depending on who you ask, it either gets rave or entirely mixed reviews.

On Wednesday, January 9th there will be a public meeting about the Intermodal Triangle Project piece of the iQuilt Plan. The two-hour meeting will be a combination of updates and public input. This is slated to begin at 5:30pm in the Center for Contemporary Culture at the Hartford Public Library.

Real Hartford has provided comprehensive coverage of the iQuilt Plan since its start.

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