The parking lot at Bulkeley High has seen better days. Grass grows up in a handicapped spot. An empty bottle of booze sits where someone left it. The building is imposing, with few windows and no signs of joy. It looks and feels like a place one attends by force, not because it’s a center for intellectual growth that one may opt into.
With the Democratic Town Committee‘s convention slated to begin at 6 p.m., politicians, committee members, and families began to gather hours in advance on Bulkeley’s steps, some to rally for their candidates, others to avoid sitting down.
It’s not hard to stand and chat, delaying entrance to what will no doubt feel like a cage for the rest of the evening. Knowing how these go, we knew it would be inexpedient and frustrating. Snacks would need to be eaten surreptitiously, lest we get asked to leave and end up missing something. They want to preserve the auditorium’s new carpet, and who can begrudge them of that? It appears to be the only update to the room that is otherwise stuck in the mid-1970s. There’s no Wi-Fi. Outlets are hard to find. If they have any technology developed in the past 40 years, they weren’t using it, with the vote tally later being kept on a large white board that could barely be read. Continue reading 'Another Disorganized Convention Results in Endorsements Over Two Days'»
From the sensationalist headlines throwing out theories that neither Hartford residents nor our police are buying, to the ever-present discussion in campaign season, the homicide rate this year is getting attention. That number does not include deaths that have not been classified yet, like the incident from early Saturday morning on Bond Street that involved a person dying after being struck by a vehicle driven by someone who did not care to stick around. (That vehicle is described as a gray or silver, two-door Infiniti sedan with dark tints. No description of the motorist has been provided).
The homicide rate for 2015 is high, but taking the longer view, one can see that these rates fluctuate. The following data, provided by the Hartford Police Department, shows how the rate ebbs and flows.
Part 1 Crime Historical Analysis Spread Sheet
Continue reading '‘No Cause for Concern’ Becomes an Ask for Regional Resources'»
Photo by Christopher Brown
45 minutes. That’s all the time George Takei had on stage at ConnectiCon on Sunday. The long line of fans waiting to ask questions was disassembled after only a few had the opportunity to take the mic.
That’s what happens when the special guest isn’t giving flat, boilerplate responses. Continue reading 'George Takei Talks in Hartford'»
Not pictured: piles of bear scat; people covered in mud running along paths; the sound of birds and the highway. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: North Meadows'»
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'»
Councilperson Alexander Aponte has announced that he will be announcing his candidacy for Hartford Probate Judge, a position filled until recently by Robert Killian. In April, Killian resigned and announced his candidacy for mayor.
He has previously served as Corporation Counsel under Mayor Mike Peters. In 2013, Aponte was to face an ethics review.
Following several years of nothing happening, an LGBT Pride rally is planned for later this month at the Old State House.
The event on June 26th will mark 33 years since the first Pride in Connecticut. There will be a re-enactment of the Blue Berets’ picket line, something seen at the first Pride in 1982.
The rally, from 5-7 p.m. is free and open to all ages.
A more entertainment-focused festival is slated for September 12, 2015. The last time we saw any Pride event happen in Hartford, it was held in the fall, apparently to coincide with the anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Connecticut. Despite having an openly gay mayor, this popular Pride event had vanished during most of his tenure. Mayor Segarra’s husband serves as president for CLARO’s board of directors; CLARO is the non-profit organizing the rally and festival.
Information provided by data.hartford.gov shows where homicides have been reported.
January 1 – May 15, 2014 and same period, 2014
In the wake of recent violence, Mayor Segarra remarked: “we know that when the weather gets hot, there’s always that increase that we have to deal with.” Continue reading 'Open Data: Homicides 2014 and 2015'»