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Get Off My Lawn!

By , June 18, 2015 7:41 am

Historic brick townhouses with fenced-in and maintained front yards is what you will see on the north side of the first block of Buckingham Street.

Just around the corner on Main Street is the Hartford Dispensary. Next to that, on the corner itself, is a small park that appears unused, and until a few months ago, did not have a sign posted indicating it as an actual park. This patchy strip of grass — larger than Charter Oak Memorial Park, smaller than Barnard Park — has its own fencing, which was spiffed up about a year ago during a neighborhood clean up. It was then that participants heard Charlie Ortiz, Mayor Segarra’s husband, begin to talk about extending a sidewalk to Whitman Court from the area alongside the dispensary.

After that day of cleaning up litter and arranging for almost all the trees to be removed from Buckingham Square Park, everything was quiet until Wednesday night when Ortiz told some residents that he was spearheading a project to extend Buckingham Square Park from where it currently ends — at the driveway between homes and the dispensary — to Whitman Court. Continue reading 'Get Off My Lawn!'»

HPD Releases Preliminary Investigative Report for Blue Hills Shooting

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By , June 15, 2015 4:49 pm

The Hartford Police Department distributed the preliminary investigative report for the shooting on June 9, 2015 that involved an officer and an individual reportedly “suffering from mental distress” who wielded two knives.

The report follows:

Prelim. Investigative Report

The warrant for Tyrinde Thompson’s arrest is being held until a later time, for what police call “an effort to not interfere with his ongoing recovery.”

How to Move

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We often get correspondence from people looking to move to Hartford or from those trying to relocate somewhere else in town. There are some standard pieces of advice that we will give — check out a neighborhood on foot and late at night, decide what your priorities are when it comes to what you want to live near, and look for rental signs or go word-of-mouth instead of just finding listings online — but we are not experts and are unable to comment much beyond those ideas about comfort vs. safety.

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center has conducted research over several years. They say that they have learned there is “a lack of housing mobility for low-income residents in the Greater Hartford area. Many citizens feel unhappy with their current living situation, but do not believe they can move, even to other neighborhoods in the same city.  Obstacles such as lack of knowledge about schools or services in a town, confusion about housing voucher application processes, difficulty finding listings of available apartments, as well as fear of discrimination prevent people from moving.”

To move toward a solution, they have created a “Moving Forward Guide” that shares basic tools for moving, but also delves into eligibility requirements for certain types of housing, financial planning, and how to identify and deal with housing discrimination.

The first edition of the guide has launched today.

Read the guide online or request a copy

The guide’s language is very accessible (we’ve read it), but those who would like more assistance with moving can take a free class provided by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. The first class will take place on July 16, 2015 at the Hartford Public Library. For more info or to sign up, go to the website or call (860) 856-5496.

Rush Hour Civil Disobedience Draws Attention to Racism

By , June 8, 2015 9:03 pm

The Moral Monday actions have not exactly been underground. There are hashtags and Twitter accounts for the movement. Yet, it seems that the civil disobedience during Monday’s evening rush hour took a number of people, including some reporters, by surprise — despite the intentions being announced on Real Hartford and elsewhere. Continue reading 'Rush Hour Civil Disobedience Draws Attention to Racism'»

Some Access to Bushnell Park Restored

By , May 29, 2015 5:43 pm

After months of no apparent work happening, the chain-link fences have finally been removed, restoring north-south pedestrian access in and out of Bushnell Park near Union Station. For those with short memories, the construction project began late last year; sidewalks were impassable for all of the winter, despite little visible progress on the area. Work is still underway, but walking here feels less like trespassing in a construction zone now.

Paving Schedules

By , May 21, 2015 5:55 am

paving schedule posted on the Department of Public Works website

Though Real Hartford announced the night-time construction on Park Street, many residents were caught completely off-guard. That is despite the City’s press release stating that it and SAMA (Spanish American Merchants Association) would be contacting Park Street business owners and landlords. We have heard from both area landlords and residents that they were not given notice. In an election year when the public is bombarded with a constant stream of information, it is easy for news about travel and sleep disruptions to get lost.

The City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works has posted on its website some information about Spring road construction. As of May 21, 2015, the only dates listed are for the construction that began on Park Street earlier this week.

As it turns out, this is an incomplete list. Continue reading 'Paving Schedules'»

National Bike to Work Day

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By , May 15, 2015 9:56 am

To mark National Bike to Work Day, cyclists and pedestrians gathered at the Old State House for coffee and bagels. State Senator Beth Bye spoke about how cycling may be an environmental or health choice for some, but for many in Hartford, it is a matter of having reliable transportation to work. Continue reading 'National Bike to Work Day'»

Park Street Access

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By , May 14, 2015 5:30 pm

From May 17-May 27th sections of Park Street will be closed to motorists from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. This closure includes on-street parking. The City of Hartford says that residents will need to figure out off-street overnight parking during this time.

This will impact Park Street between Main Street and Park Terrace.

Sidewalks will remain accessible.

Spring Cleaning at Heaven Skate Park

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By , May 3, 2015 1:50 pm

Volunteers picked up trash, swept debris, and removed paint from the Matthew Furlong memorial in New Ross, County Wexford Park, also known as Heaven Skate Park. They said the amount of garbage was significantly less than in the past; the amount gathered after several months was less than one might have previously picked up during a single week. Continue reading 'Spring Cleaning at Heaven Skate Park'»

New Neighborhood Park

By , April 30, 2015 7:17 am
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