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Car-Free Diaries: Week 36

Instead of screaming into the void of Twitter, I bring you a weekly highlight reel of what it’s like going places in Greater Hartford when one is gloriously car-free. These posts are on a slight time delay because nobody needs to know exactly where I am when I am there.
HARTFORD, CT
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Beyond Hartford: Mansfield

Cooling off doesn’t have to mean joining half of Connecticut on the beach; it can be going into the woods to escape the urban heat island effect. Within a 10-minute walk of the last stop on the 913 Manchester-Tolland-Storrs express there are multiple hiking trails, and many more if you extend the walk or bring your bike along.
HARTFORD, CT
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Park and Park Terrace

Today, Hartford smells rotten and wasteful. Drought advisory be damned, the new sportsball field will be watered!. You might be asking: did we need another sportsball field in Hartford? No, no we did not. Did we need the baseball field in Pope Park renovated a couple years ago? Didn’t need that either.
HARTFORD, CT

Car-Free Diaries: Week 35

Instead of screaming into the void of Twitter, I bring you a weekly highlight reel of what it’s like going places in Greater Hartford when one is gloriously car-free. These posts are on a slight time delay because nobody needs to know exactly where I am when I am there.
SIMSBURY, CT

A Little Something (August 2022)

Here is your curated Hartford event calendar for August 2022. What makes this list? Events that I would either attend or recommend to a good friend. Check with each venue for information about Covid protection procedures and to verify that an event is still happening. If I think a venue’s Covid protection policies are soft, its indoor events are not listed.
HARTFORD, CT

Capitol Avenue

Today, Hartford smells like paint and sunscreen at Capitol and Lawrence (above) and Capitol and Babcock (below). This was being touched up because the flex posts were installed a bit after the original paint job, and people were not avoiding driving over the temporary extensions to pedestrian space. I like...
HARTFORD, CT

Beyond Hartford: Simsbury

What to do when it’s too hot to be bothered making a fuss over anything?. The bus stop is on Iron Horse Boulevard, steps from the Farmington Canal [Heritage] Trail. If you live in the area and own a bicycle, you’ve probably ridden on part of the Farmington Canal Trail — it goes from Suffield to Southington, there’s a gap, and then resumes from Meriden to New Haven.
SIMSBURY, CT

Beyond Hartford: Shelburne Falls

I was just passing through. After spending so much of 2020 and 2021 isolated, I needed more time alone. I’d booked a cabin — no indoor plumbing — in Massachusetts, and figured that while I had gone through the trouble of renting a car, I would make a few other stops along the way, not knowing when I would be back in this direction.
SHELBURNE FALLS, MA

Car-Free Diaries: Week 34

Instead of screaming into the void of Twitter, I bring you a weekly highlight reel of what it’s like going places in Greater Hartford when one is gloriously car-free. These posts are on a slight time delay because nobody needs to know exactly where I am when I am there.
HARTFORD, CT

Place This Place

Looking for the nearest intersection. Leave your guesses in the comments. Want to comment? (1) Take responsibility for your opinions by using your full name (2) Keep it brief (3) Keep it respectful (4) Victim-blaming will not stand (5) Read full article before commenting.

Down By The River

Today, or rather, last weekend, Hartford smelled like trash. You can’t smell that through this photo. This looks like everything is just fine. This was taken during the food truck festival, days before the trash incinerator was officially closed. In recent years there have been days when the fumes from piled up, rotting garbage reached Asylum Hill.
HARTFORD, CT

Beyond Hartford: Manchester

—whoosh!– Much of its life was pretty much sucked right out during that era, not unlike how cities experienced financial strain when their upwardly mobile classes fled for the suburbs in the decades before. It’s not that there was nothing at all remaining. Had that been the case,...
MANCHESTER, CT

Car-Free Diaries: Week 33

Instead of screaming into the void of Twitter, I bring you a weekly highlight reel of what it’s like going places in Greater Hartford when one is gloriously car-free. These posts are on a slight time delay because nobody needs to know exactly where I am when I am there.
HARTFORD, CT

Place This Place

Leave a comment if you know where this can be seen. (But bonus smugness if you also know who painted this) Want to comment? (1) Take responsibility for your opinions by using your full name (2) Keep it brief (3) Keep it respectful (4) Victim-blaming will not stand (5) Read full article before commenting.
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East Coast Greenway

Today, Hartford smells like bad manners. This is an ongoing battle. Every year, this event organizer decides that despite downtown having an overabundance of parking, they will fence off a portion of a public park — for several days — to use for storing private vehicles. It doesn’t...
HARTFORD, CT

Beyond Hartford: Branford

An egret wades in the salt marsh right next to the Branford train station. I regret to say that the train does not drop you off in walking distance of a Thimble Island cruise, though five miles from the station by bicycle may be doable, and if so, is recommended. . . because islands are neat and because this is where to find the Thimble Island Ocean Farm which offers a shellfish and seaweed CSA program. You’d be standing there basically just staring at water, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
BRANFORD, CT

Car-Free Diaries: Week 32

Instead of screaming into the void of Twitter, I bring you a weekly highlight reel of what it’s like going places in Greater Hartford when one is gloriously car-free. These posts are on a slight time delay because nobody needs to know exactly where I am when I am there.
HARTFORD, CT

West Hartford’s ‘Outstanding’ Public Safety

Prominently on the Town of West Hartford’s website, its mayor is quoted as saying:. Our residents are enriched by excellent public schools, outstanding public safety, vibrant public spaces, and programs and services for all ages. Is public safety outstanding? Can we call public spaces vibrant when they’re challenging to...
WEST HARTFORD, CT

Place This Place

Going easy today — leave a comment if you know where to see this. On the side of the former Stella’s African Eatery. Want to comment? (1) Take responsibility for your opinions by using your full name (2) Keep it brief (3) Keep it respectful (4) Victim-blaming will not stand (5) Read full article before commenting.
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Park & Laurel

Today, Hartford smells like change brewing. Want to comment? (1) Take responsibility for your opinions by using your full name (2) Keep it brief (3) Keep it respectful (4) Victim-blaming will not stand (5) Read full article before commenting.
HARTFORD, CT