Asylum Hill Fashion Show

By , June 26, 2015 8:31 am

The Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association has been spotlighting the creativity and diversity of the neighborhood throughout June. Thursday night featured a multicultural fashion show in ArtSpace Gallery. Continue reading 'Asylum Hill Fashion Show'»

Casa Linda: West End Blue-Green

By , June 24, 2015 8:48 am

This home on Evergreen Avenue looks great from the front and the cushion of green makes it inviting when the sun is blazing well before noon. Continue reading 'Casa Linda: West End Blue-Green'»

Suggestion Box: Films in the Filth

45 Evergreen Avenue. City-owned lot

Forget the free movies in the parks.

Here’s an idea. Feel free to run with it. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: Films in the Filth'»

Place this Place

By , June 22, 2015 7:13 am

If you know where this is in Hartford, leave a comment. A street address or nearest intersection works

In Your Neighborhood: Blue Hills

By , June 20, 2015 6:13 am

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Master Plan for Buckingham Square Park

By , June 19, 2015 2:10 pm

More details about Buckingham Square Park:

Get Off My Lawn!

By , June 18, 2015 7:41 am

Historic brick townhouses with fenced-in and maintained front yards is what you will see on the north side of the first block of Buckingham Street.

Just around the corner on Main Street is the Hartford Dispensary. Next to that, on the corner itself, is a small park that appears unused, and until a few months ago, did not have a sign posted indicating it as an actual park. This patchy strip of grass — larger than Charter Oak Memorial Park, smaller than Barnard Park — has its own fencing, which was spiffed up about a year ago during a neighborhood clean up. It was then that participants heard Charlie Ortiz, Mayor Segarra’s husband, begin to talk about extending a sidewalk to Whitman Court from the area alongside the dispensary.

After that day of cleaning up litter and arranging for almost all the trees to be removed from Buckingham Square Park, everything was quiet until Wednesday night when Ortiz told some residents that he was spearheading a project to extend Buckingham Square Park from where it currently ends — at the driveway between homes and the dispensary — to Whitman Court. Continue reading 'Get Off My Lawn!'»

Casa Linda: Blue in Blue Hills

By , June 17, 2015 7:47 am

This home on Tower Avenue is classified by the City of Hartford as “Old Style,” probably built in 1915.

We classify it as cute. It’s maintained. There’s pride in the front yard, which is a good model for how something can be both beautiful and not a grass lawn.

This home is on the narrower stretch of the road — between Weaver High and the Mount Sinai campus — where most of the houses are kept up.

HPD Releases Preliminary Investigative Report for Blue Hills Shooting

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By , June 15, 2015 4:49 pm

The Hartford Police Department distributed the preliminary investigative report for the shooting on June 9, 2015 that involved an officer and an individual reportedly “suffering from mental distress” who wielded two knives.

The report follows:

Prelim. Investigative Report

The warrant for Tyrinde Thompson’s arrest is being held until a later time, for what police call “an effort to not interfere with his ongoing recovery.”

How to Move

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We often get correspondence from people looking to move to Hartford or from those trying to relocate somewhere else in town. There are some standard pieces of advice that we will give — check out a neighborhood on foot and late at night, decide what your priorities are when it comes to what you want to live near, and look for rental signs or go word-of-mouth instead of just finding listings online — but we are not experts and are unable to comment much beyond those ideas about comfort vs. safety.

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center has conducted research over several years. They say that they have learned there is “a lack of housing mobility for low-income residents in the Greater Hartford area. Many citizens feel unhappy with their current living situation, but do not believe they can move, even to other neighborhoods in the same city.  Obstacles such as lack of knowledge about schools or services in a town, confusion about housing voucher application processes, difficulty finding listings of available apartments, as well as fear of discrimination prevent people from moving.”

To move toward a solution, they have created a “Moving Forward Guide” that shares basic tools for moving, but also delves into eligibility requirements for certain types of housing, financial planning, and how to identify and deal with housing discrimination.

The first edition of the guide has launched today.

Read the guide online or request a copy

The guide’s language is very accessible (we’ve read it), but those who would like more assistance with moving can take a free class provided by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. The first class will take place on July 16, 2015 at the Hartford Public Library. For more info or to sign up, go to the website or call (860) 856-5496.

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