It has been awhile, Sheldon/Charter Oak. Last time, the new development on Popieluszko Court was still quite unfinished and the former Capewell Horse Nail Co. factory was actively crumbling. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Sheldon/Charter Oak'»
With all the ugly new construction around Hartford — the kind that looks like a stiff breeze might topple the plastic structures — it’s refreshing to see an historic development remaining in use and decent shape. Continue reading 'Casa Linda: The Block'»
This week’s batch of photos is the result of a few different trips to this neighborhood. One of these visits including watching a parade, making it more likely that people would be in the photos. During warm months, when we go out, it tends to be early in the day, before walking around for hours will cause heat stroke.
Still, when we traveled on an early Sunday morning recently, we still saw many residents out on their porches and in their yards. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Upper Albany'»
These three buildings on Homestead really stood out, given that one of the properties across the street includes a boarded up City-owned structure. What are the odds that three in a row would look cared for and inviting? Continue reading 'Casa Linda: Triple on Homestead'»
This house used to be a mess. Continue reading 'Casa Linda: A Frog Turns Into a Prince'»
We often get correspondence from people looking to move to Hartford or from those trying to relocate somewhere else in town. There are some standard pieces of advice that we will give — check out a neighborhood on foot and late at night, decide what your priorities are when it comes to what you want to live near, and look for rental signs or go word-of-mouth instead of just finding listings online — but we are not experts and are unable to comment much beyond those ideas about comfort vs. safety.
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center has conducted research over several years. They say that they have learned there is “a lack of housing mobility for low-income residents in the Greater Hartford area. Many citizens feel unhappy with their current living situation, but do not believe they can move, even to other neighborhoods in the same city. Obstacles such as lack of knowledge about schools or services in a town, confusion about housing voucher application processes, difficulty finding listings of available apartments, as well as fear of discrimination prevent people from moving.”
To move toward a solution, they have created a “Moving Forward Guide” that shares basic tools for moving, but also delves into eligibility requirements for certain types of housing, financial planning, and how to identify and deal with housing discrimination.
The first edition of the guide has launched today.
The guide’s language is very accessible (we’ve read it), but those who would like more assistance with moving can take a free class provided by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. The first class will take place on July 16, 2015 at the Hartford Public Library. For more info or to sign up, go to the website or call (860) 856-5496.
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'»
Wesleyan University professor Nikesha Anderson will be giving a talk on “Connecticut’s Role in Stem Cell Research: Questions and Concerns” at 11:30 a.m. in the Hartford History Center. This is cosponsored by the Connecticut Science Center and Hartford Public Library. HHC is located on the top floor of the library. Free.
- Free yoga in Bushnell Park every Monday at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pump House Gallery. Bring your own mat.
- Yelp Helps & Bear’s Cares: A Fundraiser for K9s for Warriors. Yelp with Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ will be raising funds to provide a service canine for a vet. They say this would be for someone “suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11” with hopes that the service canine can help the vet “return to civilian life with dignity and independence.” The event is from 6-9 p.m. at Bear’s on Arch Street. $10, or, you can skip the event and just donate online.
- Learn to Solder class: stop by MakeHartford to learn a cool skill. 6:30-9 p.m. $35. Online registration required. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street #B7.
- Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance at the Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m.
- Free yoga in Keney Park every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pond House off of Edgewood Street. Bring your own mat.
- The Hartford Symphony String Quartet will give a free lunchtime performance in Liam E. McGee Memorial Park (née Hartbeat Park) at noon on the rear patio, 140 Garden Street. Rain date: June 3rd.
- Opening day for the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Ave). 4-7 p.m.
- Monthly workshop meeting of the Board of Education from 5-7 p.m. at Moylan Elementary School, 101 Catherine Street. No public comment, but the public is welcome to attend.
- Stop by Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street) for board games, 6-10 p.m. They provide the games. Free.
- Hartford Seminary will be hosting a free screening for Of Many at 7 p.m. Discussion follows.
- Visit The Cottage in Elizabeth Park for the annual sale of tulip bulbs from the park’s Tulip Garden. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Discover the Asylum Hill Neighborhood: Mary Falvey leads today’s “Gospels in Stone” tour. 12-1 p.m. Meet at the YWCA at Broad and Farmington. Wear comfortable shoes. Free.
- Free yoga in Elizabeth Park every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the Rose Garden Lawn. Bring your own mat.
- Composting 101: learn best practices in this one-time class. 5:30-7 p.m. at KNOX, 75 Laurel Street. RSVP. 860) 951-7694 ext 28 or email@example.com
- Get HYPEd at The Mezzanine (960 Main). Casual networking event for young professionals. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your business cards.
- Downtown North Project Update and Panel Discussion at Hartford Public Library. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6. Free.