The HartfordData site has been up and operational since May– don’t let yesterday’s big announcement fool you. Real Hartford has been using it regularly for months. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of the more interesting finds in the database. Today features a glimpse at police activity in the larger public parks. What should be obvious is that this only reflects what was reported; if you were bitten by a loose dog and never reported it to anyone, it’s not in the database.
Some city parks — you know which ones — have reputations for being hotbeds of criminal activity. As is often the case, examining the data provides a different perspective. The vast majority of incidents in Hartford’s parks fall into three categories: drinking, animal complaints, and a cornucopia of motor vehicle-related issues.
The most common incident in Keney Park reported to the police in 2014: animal complaints. Between January 1-August 17, 2014 there were 17 reports of animals presenting some trouble or another. The next most frequent problem in Keney Park involved motor vehicles. There were three motor vehicle accidents causing damage in which the motorist evaded responsibility, another instance of a vehicular accident causing damage (but driver didn’t dodge consequences this time), one instance of a vehicle operated while the driver’s license was suspended, one accident involving the a motorist following too closely, one case of reckless driving, and one motor vehicle fire. So, where does this idea come from that Keney Park is especially dangerous? For the first eight months of the year, there was exactly one report of assault and one of a street robbery involving a knife. There were two reports of items lost or stolen during the same time. Continue reading 'Random Facts from Open Data: Police in the Parks'»
A possible destination east of the Connecticut River
The purpose of Bike to Work is to encourage people to use bicycles more than automobiles. The intentions are good, but the event feels like a poor fit for those who work something other than first shift, work at home, or work in a direction opposite of the gathering place. It serves a purpose, but it is only one way to get butts on bike seats.
Here’s an alternative: Bike to Shop Day(s). This already exists elsewhere — California, to be exact — as an annual event. Here are ways it could work here.
Bike to Farmers’ Market Tour: Gather in Bushnell Park by carousel (1-6miles): A slow and easy ride for less experienced cyclists who can get tips on site for securing their produce. Tour should feature a farmers’ market that is hosting live music or when a festival or health screening is planned. Distance changes by which market is featured. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: Bike to Shop'»
Family Day in Keney Park was among the many things happening this past weekend in Hartford. The free event provided dancing and musical entertainment, along with information from community organizations and free health screenings. There were food, book, and clothing vendors on the lawn near the Woodland Street entrance. Continue reading 'Weekend of Cultural Events'»
A relay race involving 250 youth, mostly from Hartford, capped off a week of Summer Survivor– something like color wars, but with an attempt to de-emphasize competition. This marked the second-to-last day of the five-week Dream Camp.
For the adults, asthma was the biggest concern on Thursday for those attending Dream Camp at Trinity College. A nurse followed the action closely, with any possible health issue getting a mention over the walkie talkies.
For the youth, the concern was always when it would be their turn to go, to run, to swim, to carry an egg in a spoon across a field.
Children are split up by age into a Day Camp for the younger ones and Sports Camp for the older. During the several weeks of camp, youth are given, among other things, swimming lessons, SAT prep for the older kids, healthy family-style breakfasts and lunches, and a chance to run almost-amok on a college campus. Continue reading 'Summer Camp for 250 Youth Closes Season with Relay Race'»
Jane Doe‘s transfer to the Pueblo Unit of the Solnit Psychiatric Center in Middletown during June — following months of being housed at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison — might have seemed like the end of the fight, but ten people gathered outside of the Department of Children and Families headquarters on Wednesday to demand justice for the teen.
On July 12th, Jane Doe was allegedly part of an altercation involving four females. A letter issued on July 23rd by the Office of the Child Advocate states that all those girls were restrained and were described in DCF records as hitting each other and staff. Only Jane Doe was transferred to the boys’ unit of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School to be in isolation. Continue reading 'Another Rally for Jane Doe on Hudson Street'»
from 21 July 2014 march
From the moment Mayor Segarra stood in front of City Hall to announce his plan to relocate the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford on the public dime, there have been unanswered questions:
How exactly would this (fully or partially) publicly-funded private business provide true economic development for the city? How many full time, living wage jobs would this create for residents of Hartford? Why were Hartford voters and residents excluded from the conversation until this was declared a “done deal” by the mayor? Why build in this location instead of at the existing Dillon Stadium near Colt Park? Why were key stakeholders in this area omitted from the secret dealings, finding out only after word of the deal reached the media? Why was a stadium not included in the Downtown North Plan and why is this able to displace the types of developments, like mixed-use residential, that had been discussed with residents for months? What kind of environmental studies have been done and how would the expected increase in traffic of this area impact Hartford’s already high asthma rates? Why did the mayor in his press release announcing that he wanted the stadium relocation agreement item withdrawn from the City Council agenda, fail to indicate that he would be making no effort to withdraw the related resolution for City purchase of 271 and 273 Windsor Street, a 2.08 acre vacant parcel considered necessary for the stadium development, a parcel that would cost the City of Hartford $1.7M?
Mary Sanders of Hartford
The meetings of people in opposition to the so-called “done deal” began back in June, with various groups gathering across Hartford. These smaller discussions merged after the first round of meetings happening over one weekend. Residents went from private living rooms to a centrally-located cultural space. Meetings went on during World Cup games, during the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, during a time of year when many are away on vacation. Those who are baseball fans have said they do not appreciate games being played when it comes to politics and tax dollars. Continue reading 'Alienated Public Demands a Voice in City Hall'»
Justin Eichenlaub and Kate Bergren of Hartford
Over fifty residents walked from 1212 Main Street to City Hall on Monday during rush hour to tell representatives that they oppose the use of public money for building the proposed Rock Cats stadium.
Wildaliz Bermudez of Hartford
Various media outlets have misreported Continue reading 'Opposition to Publicly-Funded Stadium Marches Down Main Street'»
Kids jamming with the Hartford Hot Several
George Day Park, Parkville’s only park, had its grand re-opening on Saturday. The event featured music from Cuban conga player, Pedrito Martinez, along with the Hartford Hot Several. The water features were on. Food and refreshment trucks lined the streets that had been closed to traffic for the afternoon. Continue reading 'Parkville’s Park Re-Opened'»
A total of four baby skunks were spotted on the Trinity College campus this weekend; two were camera-shy.