Category: housing

Casa Linda: Nowhere

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By , July 8, 2015 8:28 am

No Casa Linda this week. Continue reading 'Casa Linda: Nowhere'»

How to Move

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By , June 15, 2015 3:25 pm

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.

Read the guide online or request a copy

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.

Election Season: Debate in the South

By , June 12, 2015 10:36 am

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'»

June 2015 Hartford Events

By , May 27, 2015 2:02 pm

June 1

  • 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.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance at the Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m.

June 2

  • 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.

June 3

  • 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 emilyp@knoxparks.org
  • 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.

Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions

By , May 14, 2015 9:39 am

“Why isn’t the mayor here?”

That was the first question asked by an audience member, before the official time for questions began — before anything really began — at the Business for Downtown Hartford’s “Candid Conversations” event. Continue reading 'Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions'»

April 2015 Events

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By , March 29, 2015 9:56 pm

April 1

  • Real Art Ways will be screening The Magnificent Seven at 1 p.m. A conversation will follow: “In the 1950′s, the Western got big and the screen got wide. By 1960, classical Hollywood was breaking down. Conversation addresses some of the causes, and some of the relics that hold the Western together – deadlines, static shots, and operatic violence. It also considers the pressure on postwar manhood and the role of Hollywood in global film culture.” General admission: $11.
  • The McGill Lecture in International Studies features “China and the United Nations” with Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Ambassador of China to the United Nations. This will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at Trinity College. Free.
  • Get HYPEd at the Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn Street. They say: “Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at Black Bear Saloon and make sure to drop a business card for your chance to win a prize! At this Get HYPEd, our Community Involvement Committee is holding a Community Collection for Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation. Their food pantry needs donations to be successful, and they’ve given us a list of most needed items. You can find the items needed here.” 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years: Photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book, Coney Island 40 Years. Starts at 6 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Free.  Arrive from 5-6 p.m. to check out the awesome Coney Island exhibit before the talk.
  • Take a tour of MakeHartford, Show & Tell about your current project, hang out with the String Thing group. 6-9 p.m. at MakeHartford, 30 Arbor Street.

April 2

  • First Thursday After Hours: every month the Wadsworth Atheneum hosts a little party. Check out the museum, listen to music, take a tour, and make some art. This is from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5. At 8, they will be screening Wild, so stick around for that.
  • Open reception at the Pump House Gallery for Resounding Images: 25th Anniversary of Judy Dworin Performance Project. This starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 21. The Pump House Gallery is located in Bushnell Park.
  • Poet Mark Doty will be reading from his new book Deep Lane as part of the Cardin Series on the University of Hartford campus. This free, public event will take place in Wilde Auditorium at the Harry Jack Gray Center. 6-9 p.m.

Scarborough Family Fires Back

By , March 25, 2015 2:39 pm

Photo by Christopher Brown

With attempts to remove eleven residents from a 9-bedroom home on Scarborough Street underway, the family gathered today in City Hall to strike back.

The 68 Scarborough attorney, Peter Gosselin, said that his clients  instructed him to file a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that their constitutional rights have been violated. This was filed this morning.

Photo by Christopher Brown

Additionally, they will be filing an injunction to prevent accruing fines until a court ruling is made. If this is not granted, they can be fined $100-250 per day or face ten days of imprisonment.

As became clear yesterday, attempts to amicably resolve the issue have gone nowhere.

Hartford’s Plan to Make City Attractive for Young People

By , February 18, 2015 7:04 am

As dirt was piled on top of frozen ground, destined to be “broken” for a project that had been declared done before any consultation with the public, and as distraction-upon-distraction was thrown at residents on an evening utterly overloaded with City meetings, a group of young(ish) professionals were told they do not belong here.

Without an inspection being conducted, residents of 68 Scarborough Street received a cease-and-desist order last year because their definition of family does not mesh with that of those living around them. Continue reading 'Hartford’s Plan to Make City Attractive for Young People'»

First Transit-Oriented Development Along Busway Completed

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By , December 6, 2014 9:00 am

Don’t get too attached. The new residents are moving in today. Continue reading 'First Transit-Oriented Development Along Busway Completed'»

No Position from Neighborhood Group on 68 Scarborough

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By , December 4, 2014 9:00 am

Not wholly unexpected, the West End Civic Association officially backed out of any involvement in the attempt by some to evict a family from its 68 Scarborough Street home. The organization’s official message:

The WECA Board feels unable to take a position, given the legal complexities and ambiguities in the zoning regulations, around the issues on 68 Scarborough Street.

WECA has the ability to recommend policy to city officials, boards, and commissions, but is not the entity that directly determines policy. In its message, it said the group has neither the expertise nor the authority to handle this matter.

What happens next? Put the City of Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission meetings on your calendar. With or without neighborhood group recommendations, they are the ones with the expertise and authority to, as they say, address the legal complexities and ambiguities in zoning regulations.

 

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