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What’s Next for Moylan?

By , March 2, 2015 1:23 pm

Though the Board of Education previously voted to allow for Moylan Montessori to move beyond city limits, permanently, it now seems that the push to find a Hartford location for it has been revived, with Thom Deller reportedly looking into four or five sites.

Now, the Luke Bronin campaign is questioning the delay in finding an appropriate permanent home for the school. Bronin says, ““The City of Hartford has known for years that Moylan Montessori needed a new home, but kicked the can down the road year after year — and then decided that there was no option but to move this quality, local public school to West Hartford. ”

The majority of students attending Moylan Montessori live in the Behind the Rocks neighborhood, not exactly neighboring the site voted for on North Main in West Hartford.

Bronin says, “This is a moment for leadership, and I urge the Mayor to identify a specific, suitable site before it’s too late to keep Moylan in Hartford – and before Hartford loses a quality local school.”

River Access?

By , February 26, 2015 10:37 pm

Signs point to “no” Continue reading 'River Access?'»

Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions

By , February 25, 2015 11:38 pm

Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

If you want to get more mileage out of those tax dollars, you can now use the Hartford Police Department’s parking lot to conduct your Craigslist transactions.

With a number of those exchanges turning into robberies — and worse –  it might bring peace of mind to buy and sell within shouting distance of the law. There is video surveillance of the lot and the front desk is staffed every hour of every day. Continue reading 'Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions'»

Hartford’s Plan to Make City Attractive for Young People

By , February 18, 2015 7:04 am

As dirt was piled on top of frozen ground, destined to be “broken” for a project that had been declared done before any consultation with the public, and as distraction-upon-distraction was thrown at residents on an evening utterly overloaded with City meetings, a group of young(ish) professionals were told they do not belong here.

Without an inspection being conducted, residents of 68 Scarborough Street received a cease-and-desist order last year because their definition of family does not mesh with that of those living around them. Continue reading 'Hartford’s Plan to Make City Attractive for Young People'»

An Opening

By , January 2, 2015 5:06 pm

Pedestrian access has been restored in one section of Bushnell Park. After months of the entire north side being blocked, one path has been re-opened so that those wishing to leave Bushnell Park without walking to the other end of it can do so. Access does not mean work is completed in the area, just that pedestrians have a small path so they do not feel stuck choosing between a long detour and walking through a construction ditch.

Trinity Street will be partially re-opening to vehicular traffic while construction is paused during winter months.

Orchard Donates to Shelter

By , December 18, 2014 2:35 pm

Photo courtesy of the West End Community Orchard project

Instead of limiting food distribution to donations of canned goods and jars of peanut butter, one organization has rounded up fresh produce from Hartford’s backyards.

The Open Hearth, a shelter on Charter Oak Avenue, has received 24 pounds of fruit from trees that are part of the West End Community Orchard.

The community orchard is not a single plot of land, but the collection of trees from yards, medians, and parks. This season the project has helped plant fifteen new fruit trees in one neighborhood.

To ensure good production and healthier trees overall, the Orchard will be hosting a pruning event in March 2015.

 

Family Faces Eviction from West End Home, Despite Paying Mortgage on Time

By , November 20, 2014 12:00 pm

Interracial marriage was not permitted in many states during the early 1960′s. In fact, anti-miscegenation laws existed in the majority of the United States through the middle of the last century, allowing for racism to dictate the nature of marital and intimate relationships. The Supreme Court struck down those laws in 1967.

A few years later, the push for same-sex marriage began. Again, hateful legislation defined marriage in a way that includes some, while excluding others. It took a few decades for this movement to take hold, and there has been much backlash along the way, as one can witness through the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 and the incessant verbal diarrhea from pundits. In 2010, one state began to fight against the federal government’s restrictive definition of marriage. Many others followed. Same-sex couples can not be legally married in the entirety of the United States yet, but there is no doubt that opinion has shifted toward that happening eventually.

Sometimes the law is wrong. When it is wrong, we are obligated to recognize that and change it. These are, after all, civil laws, not God’s laws.

Hartford

The West End is currently looking at what appears to be an outmoded law:

The purpose of the R-8 district in the city is to provide for and protect single-family residences sited on a lot having a minimum area of twelve thousand (12,000) square feet. The R-8 district provisions encourage the future development of these very low density residential areas for primarily residential purposes by prohibiting conversions, roomers, most institutional uses and all business uses.

On the surface, this might look sensible. Who wants factories or prisons in her backyard? Zoning can be useful in that way.

All of Scarborough Street is zoned for R-8 use (see above). The language is seemingly vague. What does “primarily residential purposes” mean? On this street, in the same zone, a property is owned by the University of Connecticut. In an article the Courant ran on this, there was no mention of neighborhood opposition to what is used as a place for donor events. The Wadsworth Atheneum owns a property on the street. So does Jumoke Academy. Two properties are owned by trustees, another is a land trust. There are two churches operating on Scarborough Street. This leaves 21 other properties, one of which has been on the market for several years.

The issue at hand is 68 Scarborough Street. Continue reading 'Family Faces Eviction from West End Home, Despite Paying Mortgage on Time'»

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'»

Redefining Clean Water

By , October 16, 2014 9:48 am

South Branch of Park River

The water of Gully Brook, along with that of the North and South Branches of the Park River is not potable, not fishable says Mary Rickel Pelletier of Park Watershed, Inc. Continue reading 'Redefining Clean Water'»

The Little Park That Could

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By , October 15, 2014 6:12 pm
In an area of Downtown, beyond the parking garages and towers, is a park that sits atop the I-84 tunnel. Two of its three segments — east of Main Street and west of Trumbull Street — are nothing more than vegetation and rarely used benches. The central piece, known as Heaven, has evolved from hosting underutilized four square and basketball courts, to attracting skateboarders, graffiti artists, and others. It has been featured in skateboarding videos and magazines.
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