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Save the 1855 Italianate at 220 High Street

Hartford, will you ever get it right? Of the many reasons people love Hartford, its history ranks high. Where else can you rent an apartment once owned by Isabella Beecher? Hartfordite Chill Will Griggs used to host Sunday Night Chess...
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Testimony by Kenneth J. Krayeske, Esq. Regarding the Applications filed by DoNo Hartford, LLC for January 8, 2015 public hearing.

At the outset, I would like to make some general comments about all of the proposed applications by DoNo Hartford, LLC, encompassing Parcels A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Then, I will get into certain portions of certain...
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Without Freedom of Information, Cop Body Cams and Other Important Things, Like Democracy, Will Falter

The idea of body cameras for police officers recently gained popularity with power after the brutal deaths of people at the hands of police. Even conservative Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has expressed an interest in body cameras. However, body cameras...
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If a Stadium Fails in P&Z and There Was No News Coverage, Did It Really Happen?

The paucity of media coverage in Hartford does not help local government nor accountability. The Hartford Courant has just put up a paywall. Is this going to help get reporters to meetings? Highly unlikely. As far as I can tell,...
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Listen to Hartford Residents Shape their Visions For the City

Capital City residents registered their voices against automobile based development on Farmington Avenue at Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday night, December 9, 2014. West End Civic Association member John Gale. Resident Jill Barrett. Neighborhood maven Steve Colangelo. Asylum...
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The Medicine of Protest Counters UConn’s Epidemic Racism and Impotent Administration

How do we hold power accountable for its arrogance, oversteps or inaction in the face of injustice? How do we coax power into apologizing for wrongdoing, either civic sins of omission or commission? And finally, can we forgive when power...
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Hey Blockhead! Who You Calling “Stupid”?

What’s the hubbub about an MIT economist who called out American voter “stupidity”? MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber made millions off of his computer model which simulated how the Congressional Budget Office would respond to the financial impacts of the Affordable...
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Lessons from Election Day, 2014

• You know you’re having a bad day on the job when the President of the United States has to call a local radio station to cover for your dumb self. I’m talking of course about Hartford’s Registrar of Voters’...
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Requiem for a Responsive Local Government

  Hartford’s children are among the poorest in the nation. Instead of debating how to decrease class size in elementary schools or increase aid to single, impoverished mothers, we have spent the past five months discussing a bright shiny thing....
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Hartford Has A Stadium Problem

Stadiums, oh, stadiums. Why do we love thee? Why can we not resist the allure of your concrete and brick? Why is it we lose our collective intelligence at the simple mention of sports? They call it March Madness for...
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