“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'»
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'»
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.
The year-end lists are a little bit phoning it in, but looking through the archives is great for perspective. Originally, this was going to be a Top Twelve list: the top article from each month. Stories are more complicated and ongoing than that. So, this is a gathering of articles that fall into one of three categories: received a lot of attention, deemed by Real Hartford to be somehow more important than others, or were especially interesting or fun to write.
I ended up with more than twelve: Continue reading 'Top Twelve Articles of 2012'»
After the quiet turnout for the Envisionfest back in September, there has been little in the way of news about the iQuilt Project. That does not mean it has been forgotten.
Tomorrow evening, there will be a forum on the advantages and disadvantages of government spending on this project. This event, presented by the Connecticut Policy Institute, will feature panelists such as Thomas Deller, who is Hartford’s relatively new Director of the Department of Development Services. Also on the panel: Alan Plattus from the Yale School of Architecture and Don Poland of the CT Partnership for Balanced Growth.
This event is slated to kick off at 5p.m. on November 14th at the Hartford Public Library. It should wrap up around 6:30.
In any mention of the Hartford section of the East Coast Greenway, two points always seem to come up: people are unaware of its existence despite online cue sheets and markings on the sidewalk, and, the lack of signage.
Yet, ECG signs have popped up in places downtown, in the Riverfront Plaza area.
At the same time, the organization is more or less being forced to take steps away from its own stated goals. On Saturday, the East Coast Greenway Alliance had a booth at the Discover Hartford Tour, providing an opportunity for some answers about why they would agree to an action that would not add, but remove, an off-road section of the route.
As it turns out, nobody representing the organization is thrilled about the push to remove the ECG from Bushnell Park.
They said that “because of the iQuilt,” the City is trying to make Bushnell Park for pedestrians only, despite bicycles being allowed in all of Hartford’s parks. Continue reading 'Signs Point to Bullying'»
Bike Walk Connecticut wants to know what is working and not working for cyclists and pedestrians in downtown Hartford. They have set up a survey to complete anonymously, if desired, and would like to hear from you by September 27th, as this Friday there will be an episode of Where We Live about the iQuilt Plan.
You can complete the survey here.
One might ask whose turf is allegedly being destroyed by the casual Ultimate Frisbee and soccer games that are being held in Bushnell Park.
Though this is not the first time the City has cracked down on such usage — over five years ago I witnessed individuals merely kicking a ball around, without cleats or a net, get threatened with arrest there — the pressure seems to have interesting timing. Continue reading 'Destruction of Turf?'»
East Coast Greenway runs through and behind Bushnell Park, exiting in back of the Legislative Office Building garage
Marked portion of the East Coast Greenway, behind Bushnell Park and the Legislative Office Building
Continue reading 'What is this East Coast Greenway, Anyway?'»
The East Coast Greenway runs from Canada to Key West. One of its attractive features is that 25% of the route is on traffic-free paths; in Connecticut, 28% of it is separated from traffic.
Those who are bike commuters often have no choice but to use streets; having a piece of one’s route be separated from motor vehicle traffic is welcomed.
Most of the East Coast Greenway which runs through Hartford is on the city streets, with the exception of the segment which runs through Riverfront Plaza and Bushnell Park. Continue reading 'Intermodal Triangle Project Feigns Interest in Encouraging Cyclists'»