Category: transportation

Paving Schedules

By , May 21, 2015 5:55 am

paving schedule posted on the Department of Public Works website

Though Real Hartford announced the night-time construction on Park Street, many residents were caught completely off-guard. That is despite the City’s press release stating that it and SAMA (Spanish American Merchants Association) would be contacting Park Street business owners and landlords. We have heard from both area landlords and residents that they were not given notice. In an election year when the public is bombarded with a constant stream of information, it is easy for news about travel and sleep disruptions to get lost.

The City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works has posted on its website some information about Spring road construction. As of May 21, 2015, the only dates listed are for the construction that began on Park Street earlier this week.

As it turns out, this is an incomplete list. Continue reading 'Paving Schedules'»

National Bike to Work Day

By , May 15, 2015 9:56 am

To mark National Bike to Work Day, cyclists and pedestrians gathered at the Old State House for coffee and bagels. State Senator Beth Bye spoke about how cycling may be an environmental or health choice for some, but for many in Hartford, it is a matter of having reliable transportation to work. Continue reading 'National Bike to Work Day'»

Park Street Access

By , May 14, 2015 5:30 pm

From May 17-May 27th sections of Park Street will be closed to motorists from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. This closure includes on-street parking. The City of Hartford says that residents will need to figure out off-street overnight parking during this time.

This will impact Park Street between Main Street and Park Terrace.

Sidewalks will remain accessible.

Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions

“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'»

Learning Curb: Start ‘em Young

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By , April 30, 2015 9:27 am

Poor parking skills are honed over time. This driver has gotten a head start. Let’s look at all the violations:

  • Facing the wrong direction on a one-way street
  • Parking on the side where no parking is allowed
  • Parallel parking is the norm. This driver tried angle parking, backwards no less
  • Not even remotely near the curb
  • Possible interfering with driveway access

The future promises to be exciting!

May 2015 Events

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By , April 28, 2015 8:23 am

May 1

  • GAZE: LGBTQ happy hour at Real Art Ways. This free and informal event starts at 5:30.
  • Liquid Lounge: Dino de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo party, with dinosaurs. This is the Connecticut Science Center’s every-so-often adults only party. There will be strolling Mariachi music with Fiesta Del Norte, live Latin jazz, DJs, live Mexican and desert animals, salsa lessons, and more. 6-10 p.m. Not free.

May 2

Flowers in Frog Hollow

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society galleries from 9-5. Free admission does not include access to their research center.
  • Kim Cannon’s POP-UP Art Market: 10-4 p.m. at the Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman Street.
  • Art reception for Brian Dupont at EBK Gallery, 218 Pearl Street. 6-8 p.m. Art from this exhibit will be displayed through May 10th.

May 3

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Detour in Frog Hollow

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By , April 19, 2015 4:54 pm

Closures and Detours for the UConn Parade

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By , April 11, 2015 9:55 am

Sunday’s victory parade for the UConn Huskies will impact streets Downtown for several hours.

The parade will begin at Elm and Trinity at 3, make its way down Elm Street, go alongside Bushnell Park, and turn up Trumbull Street. The rally at approximately 3:30 will take place in front of the XL Center.

Trumbull between Church and Asylum will close to southbound traffic at 10 and to northbound traffic at 11. This is expect to re-open around 4:30.

Trinity Street between Elm and Capitol will be used as a staging area and be closed to traffic from 1:30-3:30.

The parade route will be closed to traffic from approximately 2:40-3:30.

Additionally, CTTransit reports that the parade will have some effect on bus service. Temporary detours are expected from 2:30-4:30. They say that  buses using Pearl or Asylum Street will use other downtown streets during this time. Buses that enter Downtown from the west, including the New Britain-to-Hartford Busway, will use Spruce and Church Street instead.

During those hours, the following stops will not be served: Asylum Street at Bushnell Park, Asylum and Trumbull, Asylum and High, Gold Street, and Pearl Street near TheaterWorks.

More of the CTfastrak buses will operate before, during, and after the parade on Sunday.

Limits on School Choice

By , April 9, 2015 8:31 am

School Search Tool indicates zones. Click on image to go to interactive tool.

While families in Hartford are waiting to hear about where the lottery system will place their school-age children, research on the public choice system reveals what Mira Debs, a doctoral candidate at Yale, calls a “marketing disconnect.” While choice is pitched as “freedom” and about enabling the best “personal fit,” the reality for families, she says, is quite different. With the division of the city into zones, choice is limited. One Hartford mother she spoke with took issue with how she had to pick a school for her son: “I really liked [the arts school].  I actually thought [my son] had more of a performing arts bent.  Not in my zone.  Not in my neighborhood…So, you can have a sciency child in zone 3 or you can have an artsy child in zone 4.”

Debs is not alone in questioning how school choice is being implemented. She was joined by Robert Cotto, Jr., Jack Dougherty, and Stephen Spirou on a panel at Trinity College earlier this week. Continue reading 'Limits on School Choice'»

Conversation in City Hall on Cycling Infrastructure

By , April 7, 2015 8:26 am

Francisco Gomes, Cameron Douglass, Christopher Brown, and Alex Perez

It seems like progress when City Hall hosts a “City Hall Meeting” on cycling infrastructure, especially when all seats in Council Chambers are filled. Continue reading 'Conversation in City Hall on Cycling Infrastructure'»

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