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'»
Volunteers picked up trash, swept debris, and removed paint from the Matthew Furlong memorial in New Ross, County Wexford Park, also known as Heaven Skate Park. They said the amount of garbage was significantly less than in the past; the amount gathered after several months was less than one might have previously picked up during a single week. Continue reading 'Spring Cleaning at Heaven Skate Park'»
Even though the parking ban was originally scheduled to last until 11p.m. with a four-hour grace period, the ban is now being lifted at 6p.m. and the City of Hartford says all vehicles must be removed from the authorized lots by 10 tonight.
If this seems like deja vu, it’s because the City of Hartford did essentially the same thing during the previous snow event — first announcing one time, then shortening it. Some residents are already suspicious about why vehicles were towed from school lots last week; the constantly changing time frames no doubt create more trust in local government.
We began looking at the speed of various projects in Hartford as we noticed a serious slow down of work at the same time that we were hearing rumors out of City Hall that money was being creatively redistributed. Others can look into the latter, but as we took a peek at various projects, it was undeniable that movement stalled in the season when the weather is actually cooperative for much of the work. Now, we look again to see what has changed since early September.
iQuilt and the Intermodal Triangle
When the iQuilt was developing and the public was invited to various meetings, the impression given was that this was meant to invigorate the environment, making a more pedestrian-friendly connection from the area of Bushnell Park and The Bushnell, to the Connecticut River. Wayfinding signs have been installed and Envisionfest has finally begun attracting a respectable number of visitors, but what else?
The Intermodal Triangle Project is responsible for the sidewalk along the north side of Bushnell Park getting ripped out. Those who use the park as part of their commute have found themselves re-routed. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects: November 2014 Update'»
Curbside leaf collection begins on November 2 in the city of Hartford, but not all neighborhoods start on the same day. Leaves raked to the curb — not into the street — will be picked up twice, with the last day being December 12. If you want to know the exact dates so that your leaves are not a nuisance to others, go to the Department of Public Works’ interactive map. Continue reading 'Bring Out Your Dead (Leaves)'»
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.
The City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works was recently audited. The resulting report includes details such as the cost of a part entered incorrectly (“$5,180 instead of $5.18”) and how 30% of the parts inventory is either overstocked or obsolete.
Works Equipment Services Division Accounts and Operations Audit
Management has been given until the end of 2014 to take action.
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'»