Scenes from the Sidewalk: Safety Kicked to the Curb

By , April 4, 2014 4:11 pm

Found at Main and Asylum

Marketing “Downtown North”

By , April 3, 2014 5:30 am

After a series of frustrating public meetings culminating with one during which designers filibustered as dozens of (mostly) young Heaven supporters waited all evening to speak, we are now seeing a first draft of MECA’s (Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs for the City of Hartford) Downtown North marketing brochure. This will include additional materials tailored to whichever developer might be requesting such information.  Continue reading 'Marketing “Downtown North”'»

Interest in Branding Alive and Well

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By , April 2, 2014 4:03 pm

University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium was filled for Tuesday’s third annual Corine E. Norgaard Women in Leadership Lecture Series, and the audience was not just students required to attend for their business classes.

Amy Quigley, a marketing executive from the Boston area, spoke about building a personal brand and making connections, explaining that one’s expectations, memories, stories, and relationships with a brand drives the decision to support it.

Brands are not static, she said. One memorable example she gave was of Angelina Jolie, who used to be known as “kooky,” but who has essentially relaunched herself as a “humanitarian” in recent years. Continue reading 'Interest in Branding Alive and Well'»

Grid, Interrupted: Budding Flower Street

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It is a dumping ground for snow or a makeshift parking lot on parade days, now that the barricades have rendered Flower Street a nothing of a place, a glorified driveway for the Hartford Courant on one end and the same for Aetna on the other.

The road was previously divided before, with the stretch between the Park River and Farmington Avenue known as Flower Street, and what was south of the water, known as Lawrence. Other times, Lawrence was only the continuation south of Capitol Avenue. There have been various bridges before the covering of the Park River, showing how the desire for connectivity has spanned centuries.

Currently, poor infrastructure decisions reign in the Capitol-to-Farmington area, with the highway, and now busway, dicing up neighborhoods. In the 19th century, this area did more than provide commuters with a speedy way in and out.

Defined in an 1858 city directory as spanning “from Little River, north to 13 Farmington,” Flower Street appeared on record. Queen Street, north of the railroad tracks, connected Flower and Broad. Continue reading 'Grid, Interrupted: Budding Flower Street'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Art with the Meter Running

By , April 1, 2014 8:02 pm

Photo by Christopher Brown

Found on Buckingham Street Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Art with the Meter Running'»

Place this Place

By , March 31, 2014 11:30 am

Leave a comment if you think you know where this is

Daily Dose of Art

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Suzan Scott sketched and painted on 4×4-inch canvases each day in 2013.

Even with devotion to one’s art, it is hard to imagine being able to follow through on this type of challenge every single day.

The results, which she did not intend for public display while creating, are viewable through May 3rd in The Dirt Salon. The visual journal tracks her imagination over a year; the canvases are dated and displayed in chronological order.

“Vitamin A — Art 2013″ is not the artist’s first time around with art as daily documentation. “The Weather Project,” which she began in 2006, involved taking a mid-day photograph each day for one month of the sky, focused on nothing in particular. She would then paint the image captured.

The Dirt Salon is located at 50 Bartholomew Avenue. Claudia Cron‘s works are also on display as part of the “All Grown Up” exhibit.

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Modern Convenience

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By , March 29, 2014 1:21 pm

We’ve found spelling tests and pregnancy tests on the sidewalk.

It was only a matter of time.

(Found next to an elementary school)

Hartford Food Distribution Group Loses Fresh Produce Source

By , March 27, 2014 3:44 pm

Every Sunday for the past eight years, Hartford Food Not Bombs has received donations of produce from the Whole Foods in West Hartford Center. This is food that is suitable for human consumption, but often not aesthetically appealing enough to get top dollar from consumers. Instead of dumping it, the company has been generously gifting it to this grassroots organization, which has been serving it as part of the free, vegetarian meals distributed near the carousel in Bushnell Park on Sunday afternoons.

This month, that arrangement came to a halt.

On March 2, when volunteers arrived for the weekly pickup, they were told that Whole Foods would be changing how it donates food that would otherwise land in the dumpster. The organization tried to set up a meeting with the manager, but to date, the only discussion between these parties has been through email.

The grocery store is now working with Food Donation Connection to coordinate how and where it gives. Before, groups like Food Not Bombs were able to work directly with the corporation known for its high quality food. That relationship appears to have dissolved overnight, with the community organization having to work with a third party that says Food Not Bombs in its current state does not qualify as a charitable organization and is now unable to receive the food donations as it had been for almost a decade. Continue reading 'Hartford Food Distribution Group Loses Fresh Produce Source'»

Trinity Announces Jimmy’s Replacement

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Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, currently serving as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts College and previously as Associate Dean at Wellesley College, has been announced as the next president for Trinity College. Her scholarly work is in neurobiology.

If we are to judge Berger-Sweeney by her past achievements in helping other colleges enter a new era in terms of diversity, Trinity College’s future with her looks promising.

Jimmy Jones, who has served as Trinity’s president since 2004, will be stepping down at the end of June.

 

 

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