Using information from data.hartford.gov, one can see — without the dramatic music or insensitive teasers on social media — what has been happening in Hartford from April 15-May 15, 2015. This time period is just before the local mainstream media’s non-stop coverage of recent violence began.
Both maps use the same datasets. The first simply shows reported incidents; assaults are marked in purple, while confirmed gun shots are marked in red.
The map below uses the same data, but shows the incidents appearing in chronological order. Continue reading 'Open Data: Reported Assaults and Confirmed Gunshots'»
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Kiki Soirée, performs to “All About That Bass”
The Wadsworth Atheneum played up he freakshow angle of the Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 exhibit by bringing in sword-swallowers, a strongman, and more, but largely missing from this experience was inclusion of Burlesque at the Beach, a tradition in Brooklyn since the mid-1990s.
How appropriate, then, for the Beat City Beauties — Hartford’s burlesque troupe – to unintentionally select the exhibit’s closing weekend for its most recent performance. As soon as Hysteria Sidesaddle, the “Master(ress) of Ceremonies,” picked up the mic at The Russian Lady, all guesswork was over as to why the oldest continually-running public art museum in the United States may have skipped over burlesque.
Kiki Soirée, Misery Moonshine, Gouda Neville, Tedd E Bare, Cat Coquette, and Miz Marvelous Lee returned to the stage on Saturday, joined by a new male burlesque performer who sang opera. Those who think this is just a strip show have not bothered to check it out in person. Continue reading 'We Got the Beat (City Beauties)'»
After months of no apparent work happening, the chain-link fences have finally been removed, restoring north-south pedestrian access in and out of Bushnell Park near Union Station. For those with short memories, the construction project began late last year; sidewalks were impassable for all of the winter, despite little visible progress on the area. Work is still underway, but walking here feels less like trespassing in a construction zone now.
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73 Pratt Street is occupied again, this time with a package store.
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'»
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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'»