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!'»
left-to-right: Luke Bronin, Joel Cruz, Jr., John Gale, Giselle Jacobs, Robert Killian, Mayor Segarra, Lew Brown
Cognitive dissonance: when a candidate goes to a debate for south neighborhoods — set in one of them — and proceeds to claim that this part of the city gets advantages that the north end does not. Continue reading 'Election Season: Debate in the South'»
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 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'»
“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'»
Approximately 12.18 acres at Trinity College may be disturbed to make changes to its athletic fields. While 0.18 acres is expected to be impervious, that does not mean such a small segment of the space will be natural. Continue reading 'Artificial Turf Wars'»
Another temporary closure. Line on Google Maps denotes the street to be closed.
Adding to the list of detours in Downtown: Atheneum Square North, the one block street between Main and Prospect Street.
This will be closed to motorized traffic beginning April 13th. It is not expected to reopen until late 2016. Continue reading 'Temporary Street Closure'»
Red denotes temporary closure. Purple marks the permanent closure of this portion to motorists.
Beginning on April 17th, the segment of Windsor Street between Pleasant and Trumbull will be permanently closed.
The City of Hartford says that this will initially be used as a construction staging area for the stadium. Later, at an unspecified time, this will be re-opened to pedestrians and cyclists for what officials are calling “Windsor Walk.” Continue reading 'Temporary and Permanent Street Closures'»
Part One: Frog Hollow to Firefly Hollow
Photo by Christopher Brown
A friend had suggested a Sunday morning meet-up at the downtown New Britain CTFastrak terminal for a leisurely bike ride to Bristol’s Firefly Hollow Brewing Company. I rode my bike to the Sigourney Street Fastrak station in Asylum Hill to catch a free ride to Hard Hittin’ New Britain. A woman in a bright vest offered a decal and advice about the best entrance to use when loading a bike on the bus. (Tip: there’s a bike pictogram by the rearmost door—go in that way) Continue reading 'CTFastrak: A Seat-of-the-Pants Review'»
There are people who hate year-end lists because it sounds like the creator is putting out some clickbait while spending his days going to Christmas parties.
We’re using this opportunity to review the operation of the city and the City– what helped to build up Hartford and who needs to have a time out to think about what he has done. Continue reading 'Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014'»