From the sensationalist headlines throwing out theories that neither Hartford residents nor our police are buying, to the ever-present discussion in campaign season, the homicide rate this year is getting attention. That number does not include deaths that have not been classified yet, like the incident from early Saturday morning on Bond Street that involved a person dying after being struck by a vehicle driven by someone who did not care to stick around. (That vehicle is described as a gray or silver, two-door Infiniti sedan with dark tints. No description of the motorist has been provided).
The homicide rate for 2015 is high, but taking the longer view, one can see that these rates fluctuate. The following data, provided by the Hartford Police Department, shows how the rate ebbs and flows.
Part 1 Crime Historical Analysis Spread Sheet
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left-to-right: Luke Bronin, Joel Cruz, Jr., John Gale, Giselle Jacobs, Robert Killian, Mayor Segarra, Lew Brown
Cognitive dissonance: when a candidate goes to a debate for south neighborhoods — set in one of them — and proceeds to claim that this part of the city gets advantages that the north end does not. Continue reading 'Election Season: Debate in the South'»
“Why isn’t the mayor here?”
That was the first question asked by an audience member, before the official time for questions began — before anything really began — at the Business for Downtown Hartford’s “Candid Conversations” event. Continue reading 'Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions'»
Since The Kitchen Café at the Hartford Public Library opened two summers ago, it has been critiqued for two things: limited hours and pricing. With the exception of opening for special events, the hours have not expanded. A new initiative, however, will begin to address the feeling that coffee at this location is off limits to some of the library’s most dedicated patrons.
The Kitchen, part of Billings Forge Community Works, is joining the “suspended coffee” movement, or caffè sospeso. This means that people who can afford to may purchase extra coffee for those who can not. Patrons who can not afford to purchase their own will be given a free cup of coffee during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8-4. Continue reading 'Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee'»
There were few surprises in the mayor’s State of the City address, from the nod to deceased firefighter Kevin Bell to the praise for the baseball stadium.
In his speech, Segarra claimed that the $700,000 spent renovating the previously neglected Goodwin Park Golf Course “drives local tourism.” This claim was unsubstantiated with evidence. Noting money spent to improve Keney Park, Segarra said that $4M of CIP funds would go toward club house improvements.
He said there would be 80 new units at Nelton Court “after many delays,” but did not indicate the cause of those delays. Work on that was supposed to have been completed in April 2013, putting this over 2.5 years behind schedule if these complete by the new deadline in October. (Spoiler: Continue reading 'Various Omissions and Unsubstantiated Claims in the State of the City Address'»
As dirt was piled on top of frozen ground, destined to be “broken” for a project that had been declared done before any consultation with the public, and as distraction-upon-distraction was thrown at residents on an evening utterly overloaded with City meetings, a group of young(ish) professionals were told they do not belong here.
Without an inspection being conducted, residents of 68 Scarborough Street received a cease-and-desist order last year because their definition of family does not mesh with that of those living around them. Continue reading 'Hartford’s Plan to Make City Attractive for Young People'»
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People from Hartford and beyond attended a two hour vigil at Center Church in Hartford on Tuesday night. Community leaders, residents, and visitors spoke at the lectern, sharing their thoughts on race, justice, and other issues in Ferguson, Hartford, and beyond. Attendees filed outside for closing words by candlelight on the church’s front steps. Continue reading 'Hartford Speaks About Justice'»
Unemployment has not been a new topic of conversation in the city, but on the day of the big vote, there was a lot of talk about what might give Hartford a much-needed economic boost. Too many people struggle to provide for their basic needs, for their families.
Meanwhile, on that same day, ten individuals were arrested for doing their jobs. Continue reading 'Crackdown on Jobs'»
Exactly one person spoke favorably about the stadium deal during Monday’s public hearing, yet members of City Council went ahead and approved the three Downtown North land purchases anyway, two of which are directly connected — either in print or geographically — to the proposed stadium.
Raquel, the one voice overtly supporting the stadium, said that “Hartford is a dead city” and that if people are out of work, it is nobody’s fault but their own. It’s not the City’s responsibility to get people to work, she said. That was the message in between her continued support for the stadium. No statistics, no research. The City is here to provide entertainment, she implied, but not jobs.
Ten individuals — eight residents, one former resident, and one individual moving into Hartford soon — spoke against the stadium plan. One woman did not speak directly about the stadium, but said that the “city looks like crap” and that it is a “dead land.” Continue reading 'Land Purchases Approved for Downtown North Area'»
The area of State House Square that had been proposed to change into a lane for buses.
With so little useful information traveling between City Hall and the general public, it is easy to get the impression that projects have stalled when that’s hardly the case. Continue reading 'Proposed Crosswalks, Sharrows, and Bike Lanes That May Happen During Your Lifetime'»