Having grown up in Hartford when there was an arcade on Main Street across from what is now the Capital Prep Magnet School, a man explained that areas north of downtown experienced divestment beginning in the late 1960′s. “They called it civil uprising,” he said of the trigger for this loss. “We called it riots.” Continue reading 'Albany-Homestead Corridor: Whatever sticks'»
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There is no Ivy League college in Hartford, but that has not interfered with the resurgence of a writing culture here. Continue reading 'Hartford Writers: Beyond Harriet, Samuel, and Wallace'»
The community meeting to discussion the Albany Avenue streetscape has been reschedule for February 21, 2013. The original meeting was canceled because of snow.
This will take place at the Artists’ Collective (1200 Albany Ave) from 5:30-7:30pm. All are welcome.
On an evening when many were hunkered down during a bout of freezing rain, the top floor of 30 Arbor Street was abuzz. The former factory space hosted a pop-up marketplace, with vendors offering everything from vintage clothing at thrift store prices, to designer jeans at $200 a pair, to Valentine’s Day cards declaring that the lovebirds go together like pills and vodka. The music was loud and the vegan cupcakes were copious. This was on a Monday. Continue reading 'Leaders Discuss “What Makes a Strong Community?”'»
For those paying attention, there was nothing new shared at Wednesday evening’s iQuilt Plan update regarding the “Bushnell Park North” and “Bushnell Gardens” projects.
The former is a name given to the street which changes from Asylum to Ford, Jewell, and Wells. There has consistently been talk of putting this on a “road diet” to create a “wonderful boulevard for downtown,” as Doug Suisman says. Continue reading 'Isle of Safety Among Changes Planned for Intermodal Triangle Project'»
This morning Mayor Segarra gave a dizzying account of changes and projects that are underway, from “nodal development” along Albany Ave to the $500,000 that he said has been secured for environmental remediation of the former Swift Factory. The new public safety complex on High Street, which has its opening ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, was called a “catalyst” for the development of North Downtown. By all accounts, Segarra views Hartford as moving in the right direction. Continue reading 'Optimism Reigns in Update on City'»
The iQuilt Plan is less of a mystery now to area residents than it was a few years ago, and depending on who you ask, it either gets rave or entirely mixed reviews.
On Wednesday, January 9th there will be a public meeting about the Intermodal Triangle Project piece of the iQuilt Plan. The two-hour meeting will be a combination of updates and public input. This is slated to begin at 5:30pm in the Center for Contemporary Culture at the Hartford Public Library.
NINA received funding from CL&P that would assist with the rehabilitation of a building in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Sheldon Oak Central, a non-profit housing developer, has recently been given money by the same company to fix up the Horace Bushnell Apartments on Vine Street. The money was given under the Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.
The nine three-story brick buildings were created as workforce housing in the 1920′s. Continue reading 'More Money from CL&P to Revitalize Buildings'»
After the quiet turnout for the Envisionfest back in September, there has been little in the way of news about the iQuilt Project. That does not mean it has been forgotten.
Tomorrow evening, there will be a forum on the advantages and disadvantages of government spending on this project. This event, presented by the Connecticut Policy Institute, will feature panelists such as Thomas Deller, who is Hartford’s relatively new Director of the Department of Development Services. Also on the panel: Alan Plattus from the Yale School of Architecture and Don Poland of the CT Partnership for Balanced Growth.
This event is slated to kick off at 5p.m. on November 14th at the Hartford Public Library. It should wrap up around 6:30.