Category: neighborhoods

Scenes from the Sidewalk: After the Hail

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By , July 10, 2014 10:02 am

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Window Unit

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By , July 9, 2014 4:31 pm

Partial Temporary Closure of Hamilton Street Begins Monday

Starting at 7 a.m. on July 14, the section of Hamilton Street between Francis and Bartholomew will be closed to motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. The closure is expected to last for five days.

Why? CTfastrak.

Open Government: As American as Apple Pie(chart)

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By , July 7, 2014 9:19 am

One of the most (possibly unintentionally) offensive things that I have been asked on occasion about information published here: “Is that true?”.

As if I have nothing better to do than knowingly publish rumors and false information, waiting for the libel lawsuits to roll in.

For those who wonder how Real Hartford, not being a traditional media source, finds out some information, there are two upcoming free workshops that could demystify this. Continue reading 'Open Government: As American as Apple Pie(chart)'»

Speed of Capital Improvement Projects

With so much talk of how the City has been spending money and plans to use bonding in relation to the proposed stadium, it’s time to take a look at how Hartford is using Capital Improvement Project funds elsewhere.

Recreation

The recently re-opened George Day Park is one of those items. With new playground equipment, basketball court, garden area, and water features, this Parkville spot cost $870,000 to renovate.

In neighboring Frog Hollow, the Pope Park North/Baby Pope playground has been under construction for months. The underutilized tennis courts, broken chain link fencing, and dated playground equipment were ripped out, along with a concrete spray pool. Neighborhood kids have been, in the meantime, playing basketball and football on the first block of Putnam Street, in the roadway. Here, the City has said that the spray pool and playground construction would be completed by May, but a sign at the site says July. There is some playground equipment and picnic tables in place, but work remains to be done for the $570,000 price tag.

The Goodwin Park spray pool construction is scheduled to be completed in August: $190,000.

The carousel in Bushnell Park opened for the season at the end of June, approximately two months later than it normally does. That it has been open for more than only two days this season is an improvement over what was expected — one day in June, one day in September. The necessity of some of these renovations has been debated, but ultimately, the funds were approved. A document produced by the City lists the CIP funds for this at $900,000, yet the City Council approved $1M for it. Construction should complete in late November. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects'»

Co-Existence

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By , July 4, 2014 8:28 am

City Officials Blow Opportunity to Inform Public, Answer Questions

Councilperson Deutsch holds a level

Councilperson Larry Deutsch held a Stanley level to demonstrate the need to keep politicians “on the level.” Then, he showed a brass union to call attention to how union jobs are a good fit for the city.

The frequently outspoken elected official said he had been promised five minutes to speak before the crowd of nearly 300, but was later told he would have to sign up and take a one- or three-minute spot like everyone who was not Mayor Segarra or Thom Deller.

Deutsch arrived prepared with hardware props and a list of seven questions:

  • what, exactly, will be the full-time union or living-wage jobs for Hartford residents?
  • will the mayor’s administration and team owners commit to a signed community benefits agreement regarding a fund for school and park improvements, blight remediation, community centers, and more?
  • can there be a binding and secure guarantee for residents and taxpayers for full repayment of all City expenses — from consultants to construction to publicity — if the owners decide to relocate the Rock Cats before the lease is up?
  • how will there be compensation for workers and small businesses that depend on the stadium games if the team leaves before the contract is up?
  • who exactly will pay for police overtime and Department of Public Works sanitation?
  • why haven’t Hartford taxpayers and City Council been asked what they want for downtown and he rest of the city before spending money to plan and put out proposals for a stadium?
  • how will workers losing jobs in New Britain be treated?

Neither Segarra nor Deller had answers to his questions.

Few answers were provided for anyone’s questions. Continue reading 'City Officials Blow Opportunity to Inform Public, Answer Questions'»

Bushnell Park North Tree Shade

Notices were attached to trees in Bushnell Park.
A public hearing was held.
People spoke in favor of keeping healthy trees where they were.

This was filed:

23 Trees Complaint

Then, trees were removed this past weekend.

Saturday in Bushnell Park

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By , June 28, 2014 1:47 pm

The Festival of India & Ratha Yatra (chariots) — sponsored by¬†ISKCON of Connecticut — could be found in the western section of Bushnell Park. There were greetings of peace and love as families gathered under the trees for shade.

A display about changing bodies and reincarnation

Display on the ethics of eating meat

Continue reading 'Saturday in Bushnell Park'»

Letting Go

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By , June 27, 2014 9:23 am

“Elegba Sitn” 2013 by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

Bold works produced by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo in 2013 and 2014 are now on display in the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park through August 21.

 

The price list calls them “paintings,” but there’s more going on than that. The “Tar Baby” series (seven in all) combines roofing materials and dirt to create silhouettes of the female body.

 

The “Letting Go” exhibit features nearly forty works with titles like “Resistance,” “We Wear the Mask,” and “Ghetto Scream.”

 

The Pump House Gallery is open Monday-Wednesday, 11-2; Thursday, 11-4; and Saturday by appointment. Continue reading 'Letting Go'»


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