dept. public works

Cemetery Improvements on Horizon

Photo taken July 19, 2014

Those who regularly visit Zion Hill Cemetery see that gravestones there are routinely toppled and destroyed. Unlike Cedar Hill Cemetery, where visitors are frequent and staff are visible, Zion Hill does not get nearly that level of care and attention throughout the year, despite being a fraction of Cedar Hill’s size and having a police substation opposite one corner. Gates remain open after hours.

What is thought of as one cemetery between Zion, Ward, Affleck, and Allen is actually a patchwork of various cemeteries. The City of Hartford maintains some of this; the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Association of Jewish Cemeteries maintains the

Photo taken July 19, 2014

various other cemeteries found here. (more…)

Sprucing Up Bankside Grove

City vehicles have been spotted with growing frequency in the Bankside Grove section of Pope Park, with a major cleanup getting underway today. A few trees have been taken down in recent weeks, but today Mayor Bronin announced that DPW would be tackling the bulky waste that is often illegally dumped here, along with removing litter and understory vegetation.

According to the Mayor’s Office, this clean up is meant to “improve the attractiveness of the park along Park Terrace and enhance its ecological viability.” (more…)

Paving Schedules

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. (more…)

Parking Ban Update 2/2/15

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.

Speed of Capital Improvement Projects: November 2014 Update

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. (more…)

The Little Park That Could

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.
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