BiCi Co. is a bicycle shop located in the Parkville neighborhood of Hartford, Connecticut. It was created by the Center For Latino Progress in June 2015. In 2015 there were no bicycle shops in Hartford. According to the Program Manager Joe Dickerson, “BiCi Co. was really founded with the goal of being a youth development program. The intention was to create opportunities for youth to learn a marketable skill. In this case, bicycle mechanics. They would get trained to work with bikes.” After being founded two years ago, BiCi Co. has grown and is now able to offer a wider variety of programs ranging from mechanics classes to their famous Earn-a-Bike program.
Intro to Hispanic Hartford
December 13, 2017
Map of Frog Hollow (Photo Credit: http://www.livehartford.org/neighborhoods/froghollow.aspx).
A picture of Park Street in Frog Hollow. These are a few of the many commercial markets that are on Park Street (Photo Credit: http://plannersweb.com/2012/09/anchoring-a-neighborhood/).
Frog Hollow is a neighborhood in Hartford that has a lot of history and is now a special place in Hartford. A first, Frog Hollow was mostly farmland until 1852 before industrial companies settled in Frog Hollow building arms production companies and residential houses for the workers. This industrial work brought Danish, Irish, German, and many more kind of immigrant workers to fill in the industrial work need. The demographics of Frog hollow has changed as the decades have passed by due to multiple Hispanic immigration waves, mainly Puerto Rican people, who have settled all over Hartford, and especially in Frog Hollow, looking to work and to improve their lives. This influx of hispanics brought new life and culture to Frog Hollow because these Hispanic immigrants were making their presence felt by building a commercial market in Frog Hollow of restaurants, salons, bakeries, barbershops, etc. A perfect example that shows the hispanic influence in Frog Hollow is Park Street because it is a Hispanic hub because of the Hispanic commercial life that is on the street. This place makes anyone who is of Hispanic decent to feel comfortable because it is filled by hispanic people 24/7 constantly shopping, driving by or hanging out on the street. It is a place where one can feel at home because one is surrounded by people with similar backgrounds, who speak the same language, and get to eat traditional authentic food from their homeland. Frog Hollow has dramatically changed since its industrial days until today and this is because of the ethnic groups that have moved into the neighborhood over the decades.
What is a City HAll? What is the purpose of it? Most of community here in Hartford doesn’t know what is the purpose of Town Hall. The City
Hall is one of the most important place for the community especially for the Hispanic community. This place contain important information regarding your person living like, birth certificate, marriage license, to paying taxes.Also, the City Hall provides assistance to the resident in case of problems they make encounter such weather issues , law enforcement, current events to future events that would happen in the city. One of the challenge that I found during my research is that “The Town Hall” which sometimes is referred as “The City Hall”, has bilingual barriers. The City of Hartford it is know for high number of Hispanic resident in community that does not speak English. This can become a problem because not lot of people who works in the City Hall are bilingual and often time there is not a person enough person to assist the hispanic community. This problem mention by one of the employees of the community Liaison offices which believe that this is issues need to be resolve. Communication is the key especially for the hispanic community who want to be inform daily of the thing that occurs in the city and their personal issues to be solved. This place is the house of The Mayor, City Council, Tax Collectors and Town Clerk that each of this contain least one bilingual individual. It really important for the community to understand the purpose of this place and what is there for. The government of the City Hall are willing to heard your voice and assists to to any issues regarding Hartford for all residents.