Heaven’s Open

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Mayor Says Stadium Resolution Needs to be Revised

In a message from the Mayor’s Office today, Segarra says that based on public feedback, there will be a change in the stadium proposal regarding financing:

Some media outlets have been reporting that the public financing component has completely disappeared.

This is false.

A letter obtained by CT News Junkie from Mayor Segarra to the City Council spells out that the proposal to obtain a parcel of land considered necessary to this stadium plan remains in place.

Gun Buy-Back Scheduled for July 19

The Hartford Police Department is collaborating with Mothers United Against Violence, 100 Man Movement, and We Works Coalition to host a gun buy-back event at the Johnson Stewart Community Center on Martin Street.

Hartford residents who turn in working firearms will be issued gift cards in varying amounts determined by the type of weapon: handguns, $200; shotguns, $50; and rifles, $50. Continue reading 'Gun Buy-Back Scheduled for July 19'»

Progress on Prospect

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By , July 10, 2014 11:19 am

The Front Street Lofts development is starting to take shape. This will provide five stories of apartments, totaling 121 units, and street-level retail space.

Scenes from the Sidewalk: After the Hail

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Window Unit

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By , July 9, 2014 4:31 pm

Partial Temporary Closure of Hamilton Street Begins Monday

Starting at 7 a.m. on July 14, the section of Hamilton Street between Francis and Bartholomew will be closed to motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. The closure is expected to last for five days.

Why? CTfastrak.

Open Government: As American as Apple Pie(chart)

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By , July 7, 2014 9:19 am

One of the most (possibly unintentionally) offensive things that I have been asked on occasion about information published here: “Is that true?”.

As if I have nothing better to do than knowingly publish rumors and false information, waiting for the libel lawsuits to roll in.

For those who wonder how Real Hartford, not being a traditional media source, finds out some information, there are two upcoming free workshops that could demystify this. Continue reading 'Open Government: As American as Apple Pie(chart)'»

Speed of Capital Improvement Projects

With so much talk of how the City has been spending money and plans to use bonding in relation to the proposed stadium, it’s time to take a look at how Hartford is using Capital Improvement Project funds elsewhere.

Recreation

The recently re-opened George Day Park is one of those items. With new playground equipment, basketball court, garden area, and water features, this Parkville spot cost $870,000 to renovate.

In neighboring Frog Hollow, the Pope Park North/Baby Pope playground has been under construction for months. The underutilized tennis courts, broken chain link fencing, and dated playground equipment were ripped out, along with a concrete spray pool. Neighborhood kids have been, in the meantime, playing basketball and football on the first block of Putnam Street, in the roadway. Here, the City has said that the spray pool and playground construction would be completed by May, but a sign at the site says July. There is some playground equipment and picnic tables in place, but work remains to be done for the $570,000 price tag.

The Goodwin Park spray pool construction is scheduled to be completed in August: $190,000.

The carousel in Bushnell Park opened for the season at the end of June, approximately two months later than it normally does. That it has been open for more than only two days this season is an improvement over what was expected — one day in June, one day in September. The necessity of some of these renovations has been debated, but ultimately, the funds were approved. A document produced by the City lists the CIP funds for this at $900,000, yet the City Council approved $1M for it. Construction should complete in late November. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects'»

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