Category: Frog Hollow

Learning Curb: Mercedes Bends

By , April 16, 2014 10:45 am

Thanks to Christopher Brown for sharing these pics of a car seemingly beached on a median on Sigourney/Park Terrace.

To be fair, this could be an accidental parking job (wet roads) than someone intentionally deciding to abandon ship in the middle of a busy street…but one never knows with the routine “parking” that happens near 25 Sigourney Street.

Parade Brings 200,000+ to Downtown

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By , April 13, 2014 8:10 pm

Hartford Police Department’s Deputy Chief Brian Foley called today’s UConn parade the largest event the city has seen in the past twenty years, estimated over 200,000 spectators.

There were no arrests during the event.

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Scenes from the Sidewalk: Dinoride

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By , April 12, 2014 3:35 am

Who needs Dynaride when you’ve got Dinoride?

This stencil has been found in a few places. All the ones spotted have been low to the ground.

Trinity Disseminates False Info, Offers No Retraction

By , April 8, 2014 2:25 pm

A sexual assault in the middle of the afternoon outside of a fraternity at Trinity College?

That did not happen.

Before looking at what did not occur, here is something that did and was not in the national news: Continue reading 'Trinity Disseminates False Info, Offers No Retraction'»

Grid, Interrupted: Budding Flower Street

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By , April 2, 2014 12:11 pm

It is a dumping ground for snow or a makeshift parking lot on parade days, now that the barricades have rendered Flower Street a nothing of a place, a glorified driveway for the Hartford Courant on one end and the same for Aetna on the other.

The road was previously divided before, with the stretch between the Park River and Farmington Avenue known as Flower Street, and what was south of the water, known as Lawrence. Other times, Lawrence was only the continuation south of Capitol Avenue. There have been various bridges before the covering of the Park River, showing how the desire for connectivity has spanned centuries.

Currently, poor infrastructure decisions reign in the Capitol-to-Farmington area, with the highway, and now busway, dicing up neighborhoods. In the 19th century, this area did more than provide commuters with a speedy way in and out.

Defined in an 1858 city directory as spanning “from Little River, north to 13 Farmington,” Flower Street appeared on record. Queen Street, north of the railroad tracks, connected Flower and Broad. Continue reading 'Grid, Interrupted: Budding Flower Street'»

Registrars of Voters Told to Be More Careful

By , March 25, 2014 12:36 pm

The State Elections Enforcement Commission finally ruled on a complaint regarding the 2012 election in which several Hartford residents claimed that votes had failed to be recorded and registered, specifically, votes for third party presidential candidates Jill Stein and Stephen Durham.

During the investigation, the citywide recount resulted in an amendment of returns in districts 5 (United Methodist Church on Farmington Avenue) and 11 (United Way on Laurel Street). Continue reading 'Registrars of Voters Told to Be More Careful'»

Property for Sale in Frog Hollow

By , March 22, 2014 4:38 pm

According to listings on Craigslist and Century 21, the 393 Capitol Avenue building is up for sale.

The Craigslist ad, updated two days ago, says this property has “5 residential and 4 store fronts all completely rented.” The “Froghollow Coffee Shop” has been closed since at least January; a “for rent” sign was in the former coffee house window last week, but has since been removed. Continue reading 'Property for Sale in Frog Hollow'»

DOT Committed in Court to Building Bridge for Pedestrians and Cyclists

By , March 18, 2014 9:22 am

Glossing over the matter of safety and likening the plaintiff’s issue with the Flower Street closure to one of “inconvenience,” the Superior Court in Hartford ruled to dismiss the lawsuit against James Redeker, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Christopher Brown had sought a writ of mandamus– a resolution that would require the CT DOT reopen Flower Street for cyclists and pedestrians as DOT’s hearing officer Judith Almeida had ruled previously. With the dismissal, the DOT is permitted to leave a city street permanently closed to all forms of traffic.

Attorney Ken Krayeske said the outcome was not unexpected. “We knew going in that a mandamus presents a unique challenge: how do you prove a plaintiff has a legal right to something?,” he said.

“We understood the uphill odds, but we filed because the Connecticut Department of Transportation relegates cyclists and pedestrians to second class citizenship,” Krayeske said.

View from the “mitigation path” that goes between Broad Street and Flower Street. The broken fence between the Interstate and path adds confidence for those expecting a safe route, free of wayward vehicles.

The DOT, now backed by the court, has said that an east-west path sufficiently mitigates the closure of a north-south route. The bike lanes on Broad Street have been accepted by them and the court as another solution to the closure. The new lanes and bike boxes on Broad Street were painted in November; the paint is already nearly completely eroded in places and few cyclists use it. According to dozens of cyclists, this stretch of Broad Street is not significantly safer since the installment of these lanes. In the last month, huge potholes in the Broad Street and Capitol Avenue intersection have not made things easier for those on two wheels. Although not directly part of the Flower Street situation, a nearby stretch of the East Coast Greenway which has been identified as the responsibility of the State had gone neglected for weeks while a large sheet of ice made walking and cycling a challenge. Continue reading 'DOT Committed in Court to Building Bridge for Pedestrians and Cyclists'»

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in Hartford

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By , March 15, 2014 11:17 pm

Before the Parade

St. Patty's Day Continue reading 'St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in Hartford'»

Parade and Running Race = Weekend of Detours

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By , March 14, 2014 8:50 am

Image courtesy of the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday. Besides the influx of pipes and thick wool sweaters, this means a change in how to get from here-to-there.

The map (left) shows the streets directly impacted. It’s safe to assume that those nearby and within that route will also be temporarily closed.

CTTransit says that there will be temporary bus service disruptions on Saturday between 11-2. The parade begins at 11, so it’s safe to expect those disruptions to begin a bit before. The downtown Hartford bus stop for all routes will be on Market Street between Kinsley and Talcott Streets.

The 5, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 50, 52, 53, 56, 58 and 59 buses will not be running on Main Street between Charter Oak Ave and Trumbull Street. The 30, 60, 62, 64, 66, 74 and 76 buses will not be running on Asylum Street between Main and Broad. The 61, 63 and 69 buses will not be running on Capitol Avenue between Broad and Main.

Route map courtesy of the Hartford Marathon Foundation

Then, on Sunday, there will be more disruptions due to the O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile.

This means that Trumbull Street (between Asylum and Jewell) and Pearl Street (between Ann and Trumbull) will be closed from 10-3.

From 10-1:30, Trumbull Street between Church and Asylum will be closed.

From 12:30-2, the following streets will be closed to motor vehicle traffic:

  • Pearl Street 
  • Jewell Street
  • Main Street (between Pearl and Park)
  • Park Street (between Main and Park Terrace)
  • Park Terrace
  • Capitol Avenue (between Park Terrace and Trinity Street)
  • Trinity Street (between Capitol Avenue and Ford Street)

Bus service changes include moving the downtown Hartford stop for all routes to Market Street between Kinsley and Talcott Streets between 10-3 on Sunday.

If you lack the patience for delays, this might be a good weekend to leave the car in the driveway and walk or ride a bicycle instead.

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