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.
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)'»
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.
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'»
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:
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'»
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:
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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