Alexander Williams interned at Built It Green! NYC while at Fordham, working on both the abstract, office end of its compost program, along with the physical collection and maintenance of food scraps. From there, he spent a few months as the compost coordinator for GrowNYC. Both non-profits taught Williams about the logistics of turning waste into a usefulness substance.
Experience alone does not pay the bills, so Williams headed out of the big city and back to his hometown of West Hartford. With his degree in Environmental Studies, Economics, and Urban Planning, he was looking for work aligned with this background. He found Blue Earth Compost. Susannah Castle, its founder, wanted to move on. Right place, right time, right background. Williams stepped in as the new owner this past spring.
Blue Earth Compost is small, with three residential clients in Hartford and 35 in West Hartford. There are a few businesses that participate, including the Kitchen at Billings Forge and reSET. Continue reading 'Scrappy Small Business Spotlights Sustainable, Local Economy'»
With so much talk of how the City has been spending money and plans to use bonding in relation to the proposed stadium, it’s time to take a look at how Hartford is using Capital Improvement Project funds elsewhere.
The recently re-opened George Day Park is one of those items. With new playground equipment, basketball court, garden area, and water features, this Parkville spot cost $870,000 to renovate.
In neighboring Frog Hollow, the Pope Park North/Baby Pope playground has been under construction for months. The underutilized tennis courts, broken chain link fencing, and dated playground equipment were ripped out, along with a concrete spray pool. Neighborhood kids have been, in the meantime, playing basketball and football on the first block of Putnam Street, in the roadway. Here, the City has said that the spray pool and playground construction would be completed by May, but a sign at the site says July. There is some playground equipment and picnic tables in place, but work remains to be done for the $570,000 price tag.
The Goodwin Park spray pool construction is scheduled to be completed in August: $190,000.
The carousel in Bushnell Park opened for the season at the end of June, approximately two months later than it normally does. That it has been open for more than only two days this season is an improvement over what was expected — one day in June, one day in September. The necessity of some of these renovations has been debated, but ultimately, the funds were approved. A document produced by the City lists the CIP funds for this at $900,000, yet the City Council approved $1M for it. Construction should complete in late November. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects'»
The area of State House Square that had been proposed to change into a lane for buses.
With so little useful information traveling between City Hall and the general public, it is easy to get the impression that projects have stalled when that’s hardly the case. Continue reading 'Proposed Crosswalks, Sharrows, and Bike Lanes That May Happen During Your Lifetime'»
Between the MDC’s Clean Water Project, DOT’s CTfastrak construction, and other perpetual repairs, now we can add back in the necessary and annoying tradition of ripping it all up and putting it back down.
The City of Hartford has released the milling and paving schedule for Spring 2014:
||Brookfield to Pope Park Hwy
||Eaton to Airport
||To Be Decided
||5/11 – 5/12
||Airport to E. Elliot
||5/12 – 5/13
||Brookfield to Chandler
||Morgan St N to Pequot
||Market to N Chapel
||5/28 – 5/29
||Farmington to Collins
||Park to Capitol
|| (info not released)
||Capitol to Gray
||Savitt to Jennings
||6/3 – 6/4
||Trumbull to R.R. Bridge
||Albany to Garden
||5/21, 5/22, 5/27
||Homestead to Albany
||Market to End
|Farmington Ave *
||Broad to Sigourney
||New Britian to Grandview
||Henry to White
||Hubbard to Maple Ave
||5/7 – 5/8
Dates subject to change due to weather conditions. The asterisks indicate that paving is planned for night time.
Vehicles need to be off the street by 10pm on February 4, 2014 and remain off until 10pm on Wednesday.
Vehicles parked on-street during the ban are subject to ticket and tow.
There are multiple options for where to leave your vehicle. If friends and neighbors have no extra space in their driveways, the public school lots are options. Lots at Elizabeth and Pope Park will be available; also Colt Park (lot accessible from Wawarme) and Keney Park (lot accessible from Ridgefield). The lot at 2 Holcomb Street is another choice, as well as KDA Center Lot on Naugatuck Street and Metzner Center lot, accessible from Franklin Avenue. The Morgan Street Garage will be open, too.
If you disregard the parking ban and get towed, call the Hartford Police Department (860) 757-4000 to find out where your car is at.
Waste and Recycling Collection
Collection will be delayed by one day. Those on a Wednesday schedule should put trash out on Thursday, those scheduled for Thursday should set barrels out on Friday, and those scheduled for Friday should place containers out on Saturday.
The McKinney Shelter, Immaculate Conception Shelter, and South Park Inn will be open 24 hours during the storm.
Those of you who bothered to get your cars off the street, congratulations. You will be able to move them back after noon today. Everyone else, enjoy digging yourselves out. Continue reading 'Parking Ban to Be Lifted at Noon'»
Unwanted cut trees will be collected from the curb later this month.
They will be removed between January 13 and January 24, on your regular trash collection day.
Unless you feel like digging the tree out, probably don’t throw it outside right before it snows.
A portion of Broad Street will be closed for 24 hours beginning tomorrow evening so that milling and paving work can be completed as part of this area’s reconstruction project. One of the improvements to the section of Broad Street between Farmington and Capitol Avenue will be bicycle lanes on both sides of the street. There is currently no bike lane on this stretch of road.
Nothing of value comes easily.
The City has reportedly done some pushing to get approval from the State.
Because this stretch of Broad Street includes a highway entrance ramp, the logistics are trickier but the need for such lanes is greater. This area is gridlocked during rush hour, with motorists focused on access to the Interstate. It is common to see vehicles turning right on red without stopping first.
The plan is to paint the bike lanes on this street green, making them more visible to motorists and making their intended usage clear. Kevin Burnham, Director of Public Works, says this painting aspect of the project should be treated as an experiment. Continue reading 'Improvements to Bike Infrastructure Underway'»
Frog Hollow residents began shoveling a path the width of a van down the middle of a one-way side street on Sunday morning. What started with a lone shoveler quickly snowballed into a community effort. Continue reading 'When the Plows Don’t Show'»