Mayor Arulampalam to speak at June 26 Annual Meeting & Elections

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The Summer Solstice this week kicks off the most wonderful time of the year: live music and free yoga in our parks, festivals, street fairs, athletic events… Hartford is hopping! Not sure what is happening when? Visit the “Things To Do” page of our website, or the Hartford.com website.

Our newly formed Community Outreach Working Group is hard at work planning a campaign to engage more of our neighbors. If you own a business or run an organization in SoDo, please take this two-minute survey. Your input will be very helpful as the committee develops a welcome/info kit, marketing materials, door-knocking, and social activities for this campaign. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.) Or join us via Zoom. Our guest speaker will be The Honorable Arunan Arulampalam, Mayor of the City of Hartford. Click here for the Agenda.

Are you interested in taking a more active role in our neighborhood? We have openings on our Board as well as our Social, Community Outreach, and Neighborhood Planning Committees. Please consider joining your neighbors in improving our community. For more information, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com.

Please Vote for Pulaski Circle Safety Project via 2024 Hartford Decide$

 

View of Pulaski Circle looking north from Hudson Street
View of Pulaski Circle looking north from Hudson Street.

Please vote TODAY to make Pulaski Circle a safer intersection.

If you have ever tried to walk across Hudson Street or Elm Street to get to or from Bushnell Park on foot you very likely have felt like you might be taking your life in your hands.

Pulaski Circle is a dangerous** intersection/rotary that functions poorly (looking at you Whitehead Highway exit ramp). Despite multiple yield signs, stop signs, painted crosswalks, and pedestrian crossing signs in neon green, this area is a hazard to motorists and pedestrians.

For the second year in a row, SoDo neighbor and Board Member Michael Robbins has submitted a Pulaski Circle Safety project to Hartford Decide$, the City of Hartford's Participatory Budgeting initiative. The project has made it to the final round and now needs as many votes as possible to be selected. This project will benefit pedestrians, particularly those walking to and from Bushnell Park, and drivers who have difficulty noticing pedestrians crossing the streets that intersect with Pulaski Circle. 

The project can succeed only if enough Hartford residents vote for it. Please visit Hartford Decide$ to read the full project description and vote for this safety initiative by 11:59 pm Thursday, June 27. Any Hartford resident aged 10 and up can vote.

**In March 2022 the Hartford Courant reported* “Between 2017 and 2021, there were 121 crashes in Pulaski Circle, 18 involving pedestrians with rear-end collisions accounting for more than half of incidents, according to traffic statistics. Nearly 20% resulted in injuries.”

*Gift link, you should be able to read this article without a subscription to the Courant.



Join our 2024-25 Board!

 

The South Downtown NRZ has openings for Board Members in the following categories: Residential Tenant, Property Owner, Social Services representative, and Business Owner.

Elections are Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 6:00 pm during our Annual Meeting.

Any member of the SoDo NRZ can run for Board elections. Membership in the SoDo NRZ requires that an individual must (a) live in or, (b) own property in or, (c) own a business located in, or (d) represent a social services agency located in the South Downtown (SoDo) area. Board Terms are three years, and we request that Board members attend and actively participate in meetings and events, and have a non-partisan interest in improving the quality of life in our neighborhood. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June. Click here for more information about the NRZ and the neighborhood boundaries.

Nominees should send a brief paragraph about themselves and why they are interested in joining the SoDo NRZ Board to SoDoNRZ@gmail.com by 5 pm Friday, June 7.


May Meeting, Outreach Campaign, Neighborhood News

 

Lilacs and ivy on Buckingham. Photo by Robin Zaleski

Warm spring days bring lilacs to our neighborhood and the beginning of a new season of great outdoor events in our capital city. Not sure what is happening when? Visit our “Things To Do” page, or the Hartford.com website.

Our newly formed Community Outreach Working Group has already met twice to discuss and plan a campaign to engage more of our neighbors. A welcome/info kit, marketing materials, door-knocking, and social activities are all being developed for this campaign. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com. All are welcome! Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.) Or join us via Zoom. Our guest speaker will be Chavon Campbell from the Mayor’s newly-formed Office of Violence Prevention. Click here for the Agenda.

UPDATE: A recording of the meeting is available on our Google Drive.

Are you interested in taking a more active role in our neighborhood? We have openings on our Board as well as our Social, Community Outreach, and Neighborhood Planning Committees. Please consider joining your neighbors in improving our community. For more information, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com.

April Hybrid Meeting + Neighborhood News

Cherry Blossoms on Capitol Avenue. Photo by Rebecca Morris.

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Snow, an earthquake, an eclipse, a UConn Championship… April, you sure have been busy!

While the Mayor was unable to attend last month’s meeting, we still had a great turnout and some lively discussions about plans for Bushnell South and South Green. Thank you to everyone who attended in person and online - we had hoped that adding Zoom to our in-person meetings meant more of you will join us, and so far we were right! We anticipate the momentum will continue, as there are many major projects planned for our community.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.) Or join us via Zoom. Here are the links to the Agenda and to join the MeetingUPDATE: A recording of the meeting is available on our Google Drive.

Are you interested in taking a more active role in our neighborhood? We have openings on our Board as well as our Social, Community Outreach, and Neighborhood Planning Committees. Please consider joining your neighbors in improving our community. For more information, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com.

Main Street Traffic Signal Improvements



The City of Hartford in conjunction with the DOT is announcing the start of work on April 1, 2024, weather permitting, for the installation of traffic signal and pedestrian crosswalk improvements.

Project Locations:
• Main St. at Arch St. and Wells St.
• Main St. at Sheldon St. and Elm St.
• Main St. at Capitol Ave
• Main St. at Charter Oak Ave and Buckingham St.

The project consists of replacement and relocation of Concrete Pedestrian Ramps and installation of updated Pedestrian Crosswalk signals and appurtenances as well as traffic control signal improvements.

Lane Closure Info:
Roadway construction activity and roadway lane closures will occur during the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm.

Motorists are urged to obey the posted speed limit and proceed with caution through this and all other construction work zones.







 

March Meeting will be Hybrid, Mayor is Scheduled Guest

The daffodils are coming up and the vernal equinox is next week - Spring is coming! Last month was our first hybrid meeting using our new Owl camera and projector, acquired through the City and Hartford NEXT's Community Outreach funds. Thank you to everyone who attended in person and online - we had hoped that adding Zoom to our in-person meetings meant more of you will join us, and so far we were right! We anticipate the momentum will continue, as there are so many new projects planned for our community.

The scheduled guest* for our March meeting is The Honorable Arunan Arulampalam, Mayor of the City of Hartford. Bring your questions! 

We’ll meet Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.) Or join us via Zoom. Here are the links to join the Meeting and Agenda. UPDATE: A recording of the meeting is available on our Google Drive.

We look forward to catching up on neighborhood news with you!

*schedule permitting