Thursday, July 29, 2010

This is a very, very good idea

What is Hartford's most important historical asset? For my money, it's the park system. It's beautiful, iconic, and--above all--useful, giving recreation, greenery, and a little peace of mind to everyone since Victorian times. But as heavily used as the parks are, they're also heavily abused: Too many people treat them as giant trash cans. That's why it's great to see the new mayor, Pedro Segarra, announce a "Week of the Parks" for August 23-28. According to his press release, city crews (including some seasonal hires) will descend on a different park each day for a clean-up. A one-shot, feel-good project? Yeah, maybe. But it's a long-overdue start. And it'll at least get people thinking about the value of Hartford parks. No investment of time, money, or hope in them is wasted.

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