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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hartford Abandoned: Mather Street

Recently we visited Mather Street for the Anti-Violence Rally after a shooting of a Hartford police officer. While taking footage of the rally we couldn't help but notice a site far too familiar. Another abandoned house. Without going into why these are a blight on our city let's look at the positives of this property. Hmm, well, I'm pretty sure if you had the desire to fix this property up you could more or less have it if you paid any taxes owed to the City on it. How do you find out what taxes are owed? That will require a field trip to City Hall (I see a Sad City Field trip coming). The big downside to this neighborhood is of course the crime. See Helen Ubinas explain the problem much better than we could. Essentially while the criminals are allowed to rule in these neighborhoods, no outside investment will ever come in to improve the area. And that's a shame.

BONUS: Live next to a bodega with a cool wacky sign!

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