Tom Condon, deputy editorial page editor, is a columnist and chief editorial writer. Tom, a native of New London, is a graduate of Notre ...

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Downsizing Boomers Lack Housing Choices

Downsizing Boomers Lack Housing Choices

June 3, 2015

My wife and I were musing one day last year about selling our house and downsizing, someday. We love our current location — West Hartford Center — but the kids are grown, my knees are on their last legs, and, though a modest abode on a quarter-acre lot, the house is a tiny bit more than we need. But downsize to what?

  • Putting A Casino In Hartford's Old Cop Shop

    April 1, 2015

    One of the sites being quietly discussed for a new casino in the I-91 corridor north of Hartford — if a new casino is approved by the solons of Capitol Avenue — isn't technically north of Hartford. It's the old Hartford police station on Jennings Road in the city's North Meadows.

  • Church Leads Hartford's Asylum Hill Revival

    September 24, 2014

    Last month, there was a wall-raising by volunteers who are building a Victorian-style home in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood. There haven't been many of these put up since Queen Victoria herself left the throne. It's a good story.

  • Hartford Circus Fire: Day Of Panic, Heroes

    July 2, 2014

    It was Hartford's 9/11, an ordinary day that turned into a horrid tragedy in a matter of minutes, and haunts us still.

  • Hartford Stadium Comes Down To Who Pays

    June 25, 2014

    I'm a little late weighing in on the Hartford ballpark proposal; on the other hand I can't make up my mind about it.

  • 'Patent Trolls' Damage Businesses, Economy

    May 7, 2014

    Rheo Brouillard knew he was in the crosshairs of a "patent troll."

  • Geographic Constraints Choke Hartford

    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.

  • DeStefano: Regional Plans, Good Research Key

    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.

  • Ax Factory Redevelopment Could Bring New Edge To Collinsville

    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.

  • Ex-Cop Fights For Sane Drug Policy

    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.

  • Cheaper, Self-Propelled Rail Cars Are New Again

    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.

  • My First Ride On The Busway Into Future

    August 21, 2013

    I've seen the future — I hope. I've been on the busway.

  • New Haven's Bold Renewal Project On Track

    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.

  • Perhaps 'Green Parking' Isn't An Oxymoron

    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.

  • Let's Close The Gaps In The Canal Trail

    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.

  • Amtrak Breakdown With Transit VIPs Aboard? Perfect

    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.

  • Nate Russell Couldn't See Himself Losing

    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.

  • Count Inmates In Hometowns, Not In Cells

    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?

  • New Storrs Center Showcases Smart Growth

    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.

  • A Nation Clogged By Wasteful Car Culture

    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.

  • Time To Renew The Fight Against Sprawl

    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.

  • Veterans Know What Guns Can Do

    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.

  • Why I Don't Keep A Gun In My House

    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.

  • State Ignores Crumbling Mansfield School

    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.