“Why isn’t the mayor here?”
That was the first question asked by an audience member, before the official time for questions began — before anything really began — at the Business for Downtown Hartford’s “Candid Conversations” event. Continue reading 'Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions'»
Paintings are placed on the sidewalk in front of a surface parking lot during Open Studio Weekend each year, then removed. Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Temp Art'»
Painting by Olof Aspelin, an artist from Stafford Springs // Photo by Kerri Provost
When the Beautiful Blight Project was conceived its goal had been to install painted plywood over missing windows in a neglected building while tidying up the yard. Team leaders had been working with the City of Hartford to make this happen, but the first choice of a structure on Garden Street was said to have entered the sale process, so that was nixed. Continue reading 'Beautiful Blight Project Unveils Murals'»
The original plan was to beautify a property at the corner of Liberty and Garden, but the Mutual Housing Leadership Academy participants have opted to spruce up Keney Park instead.
Anyone who wants to join in today should meet up near the Westbourne and Ridgefield entrance to the park. Continue reading 'Beautiful Blight Project in Keney Park'»
Bedbugs happen. Just like your son might come home from school once with lice or you might find a mouse in your kitchen or your cat drags fleas into the house, pests are for most, a rare nuisance. From 2011 to present, bedbugs have been reported throughout Hartford, from streets like Kenyon, Fairfield, and Cornwall, to Marshall, Wethersfield, and Farmington. They have been reported in single-family homes, high rises, and churches. But what does it mean when some properties have multiple incidents in one year, or year after year?
Although the information is public, we are not interested in embarrassing property owners who had one unlucky occurrence. Instead, we are going to look at some patterns. These reports are divided into those with two or three violations in one year (these are considered housing code violations) and those with four or more in one year.
In some cases, the repeat offenders involved just one unit of a larger building, but in other cases the problem affected public hallways in buildings with multiple dwelling units. When a property owner with multiple properties had multiple violations, or when there might be public interest in a location that had been affected, we named those owners.
What we found Continue reading 'Random Facts from Open Data: Itch Zones'»
Exactly one person spoke favorably about the stadium deal during Monday’s public hearing, yet members of City Council went ahead and approved the three Downtown North land purchases anyway, two of which are directly connected — either in print or geographically — to the proposed stadium.
Raquel, the one voice overtly supporting the stadium, said that “Hartford is a dead city” and that if people are out of work, it is nobody’s fault but their own. It’s not the City’s responsibility to get people to work, she said. That was the message in between her continued support for the stadium. No statistics, no research. The City is here to provide entertainment, she implied, but not jobs.
Ten individuals — eight residents, one former resident, and one individual moving into Hartford soon — spoke against the stadium plan. One woman did not speak directly about the stadium, but said that the “city looks like crap” and that it is a “dead land.” Continue reading 'Land Purchases Approved for Downtown North Area'»
Since the inception of the City of Hartford’s Livable and Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, 386 properties have entered the Anti-Blight Ordinance with 96 of those now considered abated. By City definition, a property is abated if the blight violations have been remediated. A missing window, for example, would not have to be replaced to be considered abated; it need only be secured. Continue reading 'Blight Abatement Update'»
Later this summer, twelve veterans will receive help from Rebuilding Together Hartford and LSNI to fix up their homes.
According to Steve Frank of Hartford’s Livable and Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, there are over 1000 veterans who own homes in Hartford. Fifty of those properties were determined to be eligible for assistance. That means owner-occupied, current on taxes, and there being a need for some fixing of the property.
Three properties in each district will get spruced up, with work beginning in August. About $15,000-20,000 will be spent on each home.
Got $4000 burning a hole in your wallet?
The City of Hartford is holding a Tax Deed Sale on June 28 in the Bulkeley High Auditorium. Registration is from 8-9:45am; sale begins at 10am. You will need that deposit money in form of cash, cashier’s check, bank treasurer’s check, teller’s check, or certified check at the auction. There are other stipulations, but that, and not owing property tax yourself, are the big ones.
The property owners have been given six months notice before properties placed in auction. Winning bidders will not receive title until six months after purchase, as the owner has opportunity for redemption. Here are the properties:
Tax Deed Sale 6/28/14
If this isn’t the right time for you but you just want to see what the auction process looks like, you can still show up to watch the action.