People who blog about their cities have positive outlooks. We are boosters. We wear rose colored glasses. We show our cities as better than they are.
Well, that can't always be done. This small grove of trees on Hartford's Asylum Hill was
planted a year ago as a memorial to the too-many people in Hartford who have
been mowed down in senseless gun violence.
Well, it didn't work. This year is even worse. Two days ago the Mayor of Hartford asked the Governor of Connecticut for more state resources to staff a task force intended to intervene with the
idiots thugs worthless pieces of trash (ahem) residents who have so far in 2015
accounted for 17 unsolved homicides.
Although overall crime has been dropping nationally and statewide, Hartford has seen a spike in killings. The 17 homicides cover about half a year, while the full-year total for 2014 was 19.
The number of homicides places Hartford as the highest among large cities in New England — ahead of Boston, Worcester, Providence, Bridgeport and others. As of one week ago, Boston had 12 homicides, Providence nine. Bridgeport has recorded eight homicides.
Worcester had its fourth homicide on June 25.
Hartford is way out in front, in first place. Shame on Hartford.