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Car-Free in Hartford

I have consistently heard that people need cars in Hartford. The lack of grocery stores in downtown is one reason cited for this claim. The lack of public transportation is also evidenced. Recently, in discussions about the Plan of Conservation and Development, this car “need” as been brought up as reason for why young urban professionals are hesitant to move downtown or come into the city for entertainment.

I live in one of Hartford’s neighborhoods. By someone’s definition, I am a young professional, though I despise that term. I do not have children. I am able-bodied, though have never been the type of person to “exercise.”

Since early October, I have been without a car. I have not starved to death, nor have I taken to wandering the streets naked (you’re welcome!).

Here is an explanation for how I have been able to meet my various needs and wants while living in Hartford without a car. Continue reading “Car-Free in Hartford”

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All Saints

November 6-8th will feature the All Saints Orthodox Church’s (on Scarborough Street) 36th Annual Russian Tea Room and Bazaar. The Yale Russian Chorus will kick off the weekend’s events with their performance on Friday evening. There will also be crafts, jewelery, and traditional Russian food.

Listen to the Yale Russian Choir perform”Dobriyvechir”

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Words vs. Pictures

After a few days away, I returned to find obnoxious (but fairly routine) comments littering the Topix forum that one is routed to from the online Hartford Courant.

On my trip, I was thinking about civic pride and the need for community and cooperation between neighboring towns. I am not talking about these qualities on a political level, but on a personal level. There is community here, within the city, but it’s not something that gets much press. Crime and corruption are made public. Poverty and illiteracy are treated as mascots for my city.

What does not make the news are the minutiae.

One Friday night I gathered with a half dozen women to eat local pizza in the host’s dining room. We wolfed down three pizzas and laughed. Nobody got shot or stabbed.

Last week, I ventured with a friend and two of her children to Colt Park. We were hoping to catch a women’s rugby game. Though it seemed to be canceled, we picked up some delicious goodies from Modern Pastry, watched runners cross the finish line at the Hartford Marathon in Bushnell Park, and then headed to La Paloma Sabanera for an actual lunch. At the coffee house, we ran into more friends. Again, nobody got shot or stabbed.
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Hot Cider!

The West End Farmers’ Market will be offering a cup of free hot cider with every market purchase until the end of the season on October 30th. The cider is from local Rose’s Berry Farm.

The West End Farmers’ Market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-6:30 at the corner of South Whitney and Farmington.

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Sea Tea Improv Returns to City Steam

Local improvisational theater troupe Sea Tea Improv has partnered with City Steam Brewery Café to create a monthly evening of off-the-cuff theatrical comedy. The performance series, named “Second City Steam” after Chicago’s world-famous theater and training center, will launch on October 4th at 7 PM at City Steam and recur monthly. Admission is free to the public Continue reading “Sea Tea Improv Returns to City Steam”

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Sidewalk Scenes: Installment Five

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Yesterday, volunteers for and supporters of Food Not Bombs set up a breakfast table in front of the Department of Public Health located at 410 Capitol Avenue.
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