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'»
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'»
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.
“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'»
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!
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.
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'»
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'»