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.
People wishing to proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” will be marching from the intersection of Albany and Main to the State Capitol building on December 20, 2014. This is slated to begin at noon. The march is organized by Mothers United Against Violence, Connecticut United Against Mass Incarceration, and students from UConn.
After two days of meetings — with the first lasting 7.5 hours — it was decided that the developer for Downtown North would tinker with the plan and resubmit that to the Planning and Zoning Commission. It is expected that this more detailed plan will return to the commission in late December or early January of next year and be voted on at that time.
Monday night, City Council adopted three resolutions that would change three streets in Hartford, entirely to accommodate the planned baseball stadium. Councilperson Deutsch and MacDonald were the only to vote “no” on all three of these items.
What does this mean for Downtown North?
The width of Pleasant Street will be reduced by five feet for a stretch of 850 feet.
The section of Trumbull Street between Market and Main will be moved 85 feet south.
Windsor Street, between Trumbull and Pleasant, will be closed off. That’s not just during construction — that’s permanent. Seen as one of the safer north-south routes for cyclists, this closure will create some inconvenience for bicycle commuters and other street users.
Nearby Ann Uccello Street became a cul-de-sac in 2013, as did Flower Street (Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow) last year. The latter was closed for reasons related to the CTfastrak; the former, apparently, happened with little fanfare. The closed segment of Ann Uccello Street is in the general Downtown North area. Continue reading 'Sparks from the Stadium: Six Months In'»
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.
Justin held his sign in front of City Hall during rush hour on Wednesday. He wanted to know why he was the only person taking a stand.
On Saturday, December 6th, others will join voices to say that all lives matter. The solidarity march will gather at Albany and Main at noon, then head up the road, ending at the Woodland Street entrance to Keney Park.
In a message sent to the Trinity College community today, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney announced that the institution won the bid for 200 Constitution Plaza. Though the college would not be relocating as a whole to Downtown, how it does intend to use the property remains up for discussion. Here is the letter:
I am pleased to share with you a strategic move on behalf of Trinity College. Last week a local alumnus alerted us to an educational facility in downtown Hartford that was placed into auction this week. We followed up with multiple site visits and asked the Trustees to support a bid for the property. We have just received notification that we are the winning bidder for 200 Constitution Plaza. This long-term strategic move aligns with our goal for urban engagement and collaborative partnerships in Hartford.
Having a downtown footprint will allow us to connect our students with the heart of the city and its endless possibilities for internships, educational partnerships and interactive learning. It opens the door to new relationships for our whole community, including faculty, staff and local alumni.
This building was used at one time by the Traveler’s Insurance Company as its corporate training and educational facility and is well-suited to educational needs, including a 200-seat amphitheater, multiple classrooms, lounge areas, a library and a teleconference center. The size and location of the building will enable us to lease space that we choose not to occupy, and thus could provide revenue enhancement for the College. Continue reading 'One More College Adding Its Presence to Downtown Hartford'»
Hartford joined around 1600 other locations in protesting against Walmart today, Black Friday. Continue reading 'Black Friday: Picketing for a Living Wage at Walmart'»