Tom Condon, deputy editorial page editor, is a columnist and chief editorial writer. Tom, a native of New London, is a graduate of Notre ...
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.
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.
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.
May 7, 2014
Rheo Brouillard knew he was in the crosshairs of a "patent troll."
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.
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.
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.