infrastructure http://wnpr.org en For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding http://wnpr.org/post/development-around-stadium-hartford-wants-federal-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford officials recently held a pre-bid conference for developers and others interested in building a new minor league stadium and its surrounding neighborhood. While the city fielded questions about available land and other infrastructure improvements it has in mind, one big question sticks out:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Have you identified promising sources of federal or state funds?"</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25781 at http://wnpr.org For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/protesters-rally-speak-against-hartford-baseball-stadium-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 people opposed to plans for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford held a march and protest Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:11:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25665 at http://wnpr.org Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project http://wnpr.org/post/mgm-set-buy-two-springfield-properties-casino-project <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of MGM&#039;s proposed casino in downtown Springfield,MA" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/mgmspringfieldrendering_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/MGMcasino.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>MGM is preparing to purchase two city-owned buildings in Springfield for the Las Vegas-based company’s casino project.<p>Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said MGM intends to Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:19:25 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25615 at http://wnpr.org MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project Hartford Pulls Out of $60 Million Bond Plan For New Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-pulls-out-60-million-bond-plan-new-stadium <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has withdrawn a resolution that would have bonded up to $60 million for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:03 +0000 Ray Hardman 25144 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Pulls Out of $60 Million Bond Plan For New Stadium With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism http://wnpr.org/post/proposed-hartford-stadium-come-questions-concerns-and-criticism <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f8736877-f1e9-f771-042f-98bbe7680efa" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When officials from the City of Hartford announced it would build a Minor League Baseball stadium, many people were caught by surprise, including Hartford residents. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24562 at http://wnpr.org With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism When It Comes to Paying For Stadium, Hartford Changes Course http://wnpr.org/post/when-it-comes-paying-stadium-hartford-changes-course <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Hartford is changing its plans for how to build, and pay for, a new minor league baseball stadium downtown. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he mayor and the city council now plan to ask developers and private investors to weigh in.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:54:15 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24294 at http://wnpr.org When It Comes to Paying For Stadium, Hartford Changes Course If a Ballpark Comes to Hartford, Who Gets the Luxury Seats? http://wnpr.org/post/if-ballpark-comes-hartford-who-gets-luxury-seats <p><a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-18/news/hc-op-rennie-hartford-luxury-box-tucked-in-stadium-20140618_1_city-suite-ballpark-city-government" target="_blank">Much has been written</a> about whether the city of Hartford should have its own box in the new proposed baseball stadium its considering building to house the New Britain Rock Cats.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:21:52 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24357 at http://wnpr.org If a Ballpark Comes to Hartford, Who Gets the Luxury Seats? Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? http://wnpr.org/post/should-minor-league-rock-cats-relocate-hartford <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1; white-space: pre-wrap;">The lure of professional sports teams has often been irresistible to municipal leaders. It’s very easy to imagine a stadium filled with happy fans, spending money and spreading civic pride.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24311 at http://wnpr.org Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? Hartford City Council to Hire Its Own Stadium Consultant http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-city-council-hire-its-own-stadium-consultant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plan to build a new minor league baseball stadium in the heart of downtown is facing more scrutiny from the city council.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:16:33 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24270 at http://wnpr.org Hartford City Council to Hire Its Own Stadium Consultant Locating Hartford's Proposed Ballpark http://wnpr.org/post/locating-hartfords-proposed-ballpark <p>The city of Hartford <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-07/business/hc-rockcats-hartford-conn-stadium-develop-20140607_1_hartford-stage-i-84-new-britain-rock-cats" target="_blank">has said it looked at other city locations</a> for a new minor league baseball stadium -- including a location on Market Street, the sometimes-home of Cirque du Soleil.</p><p>Now, there are some documents to back that up.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:17:52 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24195 at http://wnpr.org Locating Hartford's Proposed Ballpark Stadium Deal Not Approved Yet, But Hartford Goes Out to Bid http://wnpr.org/post/stadium-deal-not-approved-yet-hartford-goes-out-bid <p>There's a lot of work yet to be done before a minor league baseball stadium in the state's capital city becomes a reality. For starters, it has to be approved by the Hartford city&nbsp;council, and that won't likely happen until later this summer.</p><p>Mayor Pedro Segarra, however, isn’t waiting around for the city council to act.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:04:06 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24138 at http://wnpr.org Stadium Deal Not Approved Yet, But Hartford Goes Out to Bid Hartford Leaders Respond to Stadium Concerns http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-leaders-respond-stadium-concerns <p>The debate over whether to relocate the minor league Rock Cats from New Britain to Hartford continues, and the Hartford's elected officials are now feeling some heat.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:19:39 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23932 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Leaders Respond to Stadium Concerns Is Congestion Pricing in Connecticut's Future? http://wnpr.org/post/congestion-pricing-connecticuts-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Toll booths have lots of bad connotations in the Northeast, and not just because of a the tragic accident in Connecticut nearly 30 years ago, which forced the closing of the toll booth.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 23560 at http://wnpr.org Is Congestion Pricing in Connecticut's Future? City Council May Not Have Final Vote On Hartford Ballpark http://wnpr.org/post/city-council-may-not-have-final-vote-hartford-ballpark <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has called his plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city a "done deal." He's celebrated the plan as both good for Hartford's pride and for its pocketbook.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city council doesn't necessarily have the final vote, however -- and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;not everyone likes it.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:24:08 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23538 at http://wnpr.org City Council May Not Have Final Vote On Hartford Ballpark City Explains Hartford's Secrecy Around Proposed Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/city-explains-hartfords-secrecy-around-proposed-stadium <p>For the better part of a year and half, Hartford city officials negotiated a plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city behind closed doors, saying the deal needed that kind of confidentiality, lest it fall apart.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:10:17 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23442 at http://wnpr.org City Explains Hartford's Secrecy Around Proposed Stadium The Wheelhouse: Public Policy in the Dark; Metro-North Problems; and Resolution in East Haven http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-public-policy-dark-metro-north-problems-and-resolution-east-haven <p>Hartford’s “done deal” on minor league baseball once again has our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse thinking about the process behind government decisions. The plan to bring the New Britain Rock Cats' franchise to town was months in the making behind closed doors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also check in on East Haven where a racial discrimination settlement was reached, closing another chapter in the painful history of the town. A very old bridge is creating new problems for Metro-North commuters down the shoreline too and officials are pointing fingers.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23372 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Public Policy in the Dark; Metro-North Problems; and Resolution in East Haven If You Build It, Lots and Lots of People Will Have to Come http://wnpr.org/post/if-you-build-it-lots-and-lots-people-will-have-come <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bunch of numbers jump out when it comes to the proposed new minor league ballpark in Hartford. One of them is the jobs projection.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:58:54 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23158 at http://wnpr.org If You Build It, Lots and Lots of People Will Have to Come Rock Cats Ballpark Economics, By the Numbers http://wnpr.org/post/rock-cats-ballpark-economics-numbers <p>There are a lot of numbers that jump out when it comes to the proposed new minor league ballpark in Hartford – the 600 permanent, full-time jobs, the more than 9,000 seats, the 25-year deal, the $500,000 annual rent payment to the city.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there’s also the </span>price tag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> itself.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:02:44 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23129 at http://wnpr.org Rock Cats Ballpark Economics, By the Numbers Should the Rock Cats Move to Hartford? http://wnpr.org/post/should-rock-cats-move-hartford <p>Hartford city officials held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss what Mayor Pedro Segarra&nbsp;called a "major sports announcement." A deal is in place to move the New Britain Rock Cats minor league baseball team to Hartford.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:26:10 +0000 Heather Brandon 23040 at http://wnpr.org Should the Rock Cats Move to Hartford? UConn, City of Hartford Mark Development Agreement http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-city-hartford-mark-development-agreement <p>UConn officials and the city of Hartford marked a development agreement milestone on Tuesday. The university is capping an effort to move its West Hartford campus to a new location called UConn Hartford.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:13:10 +0000 Heather Brandon 22978 at http://wnpr.org UConn, City of Hartford Mark Development Agreement Governor Malloy Signs Budget; Senator Murphy Announces Federal Gas Tax Hike Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-signs-budget-senator-murphy-announces-federal-gas-tax-hike-proposal <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YXX9VqWZxYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy signed the $18.9 billion state budget plan today, which was approved by lawmakers earlier this month. Malloy also vetoed two bills. The Democratic-controlled legislature approved the bill on the final night of the legislative session in an agreement with Republicans to assure passage of another environmental bill.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:02:19 +0000 Teri McCready 22800 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Planning $81 Million Litchfield County Courthouse in Torrington http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-planning-81-million-litchfield-county-courthouse-torrington <p>The state is planning to build an $81 million courthouse in Torrington to replace Superior Court buildings in Litchfield and Bantam.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 16:09:45 +0000 Heather Brandon 22569 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Planning $81 Million Litchfield County Courthouse in Torrington Connecticut Ranks 27th For Pedestrian Safety http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-ranks-27th-pedestrian-safety <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut ranks </span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> among 50 states when it comes to pedestrian safety, according to Dangerous By Design, a new report compiled by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 22276 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Ranks 27th For Pedestrian Safety New Plan for I-91 Viaduct In Springfield Said to Address Residents' Concerns http://wnpr.org/post/new-plan-i-91-viaduct-springfield-said-address-residents-concerns <p>Massachusetts transportation officials said a new construction plan for replacing the Interstate 91 viaduct in Springfield will cause fewer traffic headaches than a previous version.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:12:15 +0000 Kari Njiiri 22239 at http://wnpr.org New Plan for I-91 Viaduct In Springfield Said to Address Residents' Concerns Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) http://wnpr.org/post/big-ideas-didnt-work-0 <p>If you watch "House of Cards," you might have noticed a main storyline about a bridge from Long Island to Connecticut. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here's the thing: it was a real idea!</p><p>From bridges, to highways, to malls, <em>Where We Live </em>takes a look at some outlandish project ideas that -- for some reason or another -- just never worked. Why isn’t there a bridge connecting Connecticut and Long Island? And why wasn't the New Haven Galleria mall ever built?</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21974 at http://wnpr.org Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado http://wnpr.org/post/job-training-planned-springfield-neighborhoods-hit-2011-tornado The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting bids from organizations to do workforce training in poor neighborhoods hit by the tornado three years ago.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The South End Community Center was destroyed by the tornado on June 1, 2011. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:37:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21884 at http://wnpr.org Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado Springfield Parking Authority Gets New Director And Direction http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-parking-authority-gets-new-director-and-direction An attorney and veteran of several municipal boards and commissions has been tapped to head the parking authority in Springfield, Massachusetts. The appointment comes as the city is on the verge of a parking space crunch.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Springfield Parking Authority Executive Director Mary McNally speaks in city hall after Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) announced her appointment. Mon, 12 May 2014 17:26:13 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21699 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Parking Authority Gets New Director And Direction UConn Is Planning a New Gateway to Storrs Campus http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-planning-new-gateway-storrs-campus <p>The University of Connecticut is planning a campus entrance near its <a href="http://www.erland.com/assets/storrs.pdf" target="_blank">Storrs Center development</a> that officials said will link the town and the school.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:56:14 +0000 Heather Brandon 21297 at http://wnpr.org UConn Is Planning a New Gateway to Storrs Campus Connecticut Invests in Transit-Oriented Development to Expand Jobs, Education Access http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-invests-transit-oriented-development-expand-jobs-education-access <p>Connecticut is to invest millions of dollars in an attempt to spur economic development along the route of the New Britain to Hartford busway, and the New Haven to Springfield rail line.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 17:28:51 +0000 Harriet Jones 21108 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Invests in Transit-Oriented Development to Expand Jobs, Education Access Survey Says: What's Your Springfield Commute? http://wnpr.org/post/survey-says-whats-your-springfield-commute <p>The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is asking the public for input on daily routes, parking locations, and commute timing in anticipation of the reconstruction of an elevated highway through Springfield.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:11:50 +0000 Heather Brandon 20368 at http://wnpr.org Survey Says: What's Your Springfield Commute?