Tom Condon, deputy editorial page editor, is a columnist and editorial writer.
Tom is a native of New London, a graduate of the University ...
February 5, 2014
When scholar and author Xiangming Chen came to Trinity College several years ago to found the school's Center for Urban and Global Studies, he discovered that not much had been written about Hartford and other mid-sized cities in New England.
January 22, 2014
If you remember New Haven two decades ago, you must tip your hat to former Mayor John DeStefano Jr. The Elm City was moribund when he took office, with empty buildings, litter blowing down Chapel Street, no sense of where it was going.
November 6, 2013
A few Sundays ago, a group of us biked from Farmington to the Collinsville section of Canton on the rail trail, and then slowly rode around the village. It is exquisite, one of the loveliest and most historic village centers in the state.
October 2, 2013
A few weeks ago my wife and I were in Boston for a Saturday wedding. We went for a walk on Sunday morning down to the Common — wherein we found the Boston Freedom Rally, billed as the largest hempfest on the East Coast.
September 11, 2013
On Sept. 6, The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts was creating a train service between two of Boston's most vital — but heretofore poorly connected — neighborhoods, Back Bay and the Seaport District. Two things caught my eye.
August 21, 2013
I've seen the future — I hope. I've been on the busway.
July 31, 2013
It still boggles the mind. In the 1950s, public officials thought it would be a good idea to demolish a large neighborhood and run an expressway from New Haven to Derby.
July 17, 2013
When I first heard the term "green parking," I assumed it was greenwash, pretend environmentalism. I was certain it was an oxymoron; I filed it with "urban renewal project," "Long Island Expressway," "halftime entertainment," "Rell administration," and a number of others.
July 3, 2013
The Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway is the most important recreational asset developed in the state in the past two decades. Or so I thought, despite never having been on the trail south of Farmington. Saturday, I got to bike the southern corridor.
June 12, 2013
U.S. Rep Bill Shuster, R-Pa., House chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, met with Amtrak's brass in New York last Friday, and then hopped on an Amtrak train for Hartford. Fellow Rep. John Larson and state Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker met the train in New Haven for a little chat time on the ride to Hartford.
May 29, 2013
You go to a college graduation, you hear about amazing young people. Nate Russell's story is a little different than most, but no less remarkable. He grew up on the streets of Hartford, often not knowing where his next meal was coming from, or where he'd be sleeping. A week ago Saturday, he walked in graduation at Springfield College. When he completes a final paper, he will have his master's degree in physical education.
May 8, 2013
If a Hartford resident is in a Somers prison, should he be counted for census purposes as a resident of Somers or of Hartford?
April 3, 2013
The University of Connecticut was placed in an ideal spot for its original 19th-century purpose, an agricultural school. But as it evolved into a multi-faceted research university, the location became something of a challenge. There wasn't much decent housing in the area, and no real town center.
March 20, 2013
I learned a little after the fact that the writer Jane Holtz Kay passed away late last year at age 74. She was a lot of things — architecture critic for The Nation, preservationist, Boston activist.
February 27, 2013
In March of 2003, the demographer Myron Orfield warned that Connecticut, despite its wealth, was not on a path for healthy growth.
February 7, 2013
Like many Connecticut residents who didn't matriculate at Yale, I know the university in bits and pieces — a lecture at the law school, a play at the Rep, a dinner at the Commons. I don't have a good sense of how the whole place fits together, yet it is fascinating to explore.
January 23, 2013
If President Barack Obama is looking for allies in his quest to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people, I suggest he think about veterans. Not necessarily the guy who ran the movie projector at Fort Dix, but men and now women who served in combat and combat support in our last half-dozen wars. These people have seen what firearms can do, to the victim and the shooter. They should be heard.
January 9, 2013
After the Newtown massacre, a friend asked me if I kept a gun in my house. No, I do not, for several reasons. The first is personal experience.
December 19, 2012
A few things to wrap up before the ball comes down on 2012:
October 31, 2012
We've listened to endless blather during this campaign season about how tax cuts will create jobs. I think Bruce Carlson has a better idea. He's finding potentially viable products developed by private industries in the state that for some reason have not been brought to market, and finding ways to do so.
October 17, 2012
An old city is a living palimpsest, a parchment constantly being erased and written over by migration and development. But the old is never entirely erased, it is there for the looking.
October 3, 2012
I wanted to see some cities in the South; my sainted wife Anne indulged me for our 25th anniversary last month. We went by train from Hartford, stopping for a few days each in Washington, Richmond, Va., Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. From which, a few observations.
September 13, 2012
Despite a surge of initiatives from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the state's economy continues to suffer. So let me throw out another economic development idea — how about if we require the teaching of Connecticut history in our schools?
August 29, 2012
Though I have an ounce of empathy for Michael Koistinen, I'm glad he got a real sentence for killing a bicyclist. Too many people don't.
August 15, 2012
You read from time to time about someone finding a rare and valuable painting in an attic, an old trunk or under another painting. But a prison?
August 2, 2012
The deal is done, most of the contracts are let, the construction is under way — and some politicians are still bashing the New Britain-to- Hartford busway. This potentially transformative project has become a punching bag for some of the candidates in the coming congressional primaries.
July 3, 2012
A photographer friend called a few weeks ago, from the grounds of the former Mansfield Training School in Mansfield. "One of the buildings has a hole in the roof with a tree growing through it," he said.