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'»
Photo provided by the Hartford Police Department
Officer Robert Iovanna recovered one of the missing Bantam Bikes last week at a pawn shop near Park and Washington. Continue reading 'Stolen Bike Recovered'»
This home on Tower Avenue is classified by the City of Hartford as “Old Style,” probably built in 1915.
We classify it as cute. It’s maintained. There’s pride in the front yard, which is a good model for how something can be both beautiful and not a grass lawn.
This home is on the narrower stretch of the road — between Weaver High and the Mount Sinai campus — where most of the houses are kept up.
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.
The City of Hartford has begun taking its routine precautions as the temperatures remain below 25.
Shelters that will operate around the clock include:
- Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St., (860) 724-4823
- McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave., (860) 722-6922
- Open Hearth: 437 Sheldon St., (860) 525-3447
- South Park Inn: 75 Main St., (860) 724-0071
Warming centers will remain open at variable times:
Photo courtesy of the West End Community Orchard project
Instead of limiting food distribution to donations of canned goods and jars of peanut butter, one organization has rounded up fresh produce from Hartford’s backyards.
The Open Hearth, a shelter on Charter Oak Avenue, has received 24 pounds of fruit from trees that are part of the West End Community Orchard.
The community orchard is not a single plot of land, but the collection of trees from yards, medians, and parks. This season the project has helped plant fifteen new fruit trees in one neighborhood.
To ensure good production and healthier trees overall, the Orchard will be hosting a pruning event in March 2015.
When the Friends of Heaven Skatepark recently told members of City Council that they wanted assurance that the Downtown North development, including the stadium, would not infringe on the existing park, they received no promises. When the artistic rendering eliminating the skatepark was called into question by the group, someone from the City implied the group was fussing for no reason, that this was merely an artistic rendering and that elected and appointed officials are not looking for ways to sanitize this space in hopes of sparking development. Continue reading 'Heaven Week: Commitment'»
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)'»