As the capital of Connecticut, every person in the state has a unique connection to their capital and harbors a secret pride, in spite of the many complaints and fears our suburban friends project on life in the city.
What is Hartford's standing locally and nationally?
Continuing to improve, there is a good team in place, a strong mayor and supportive state and federal officials. It's been shown in the growth in grants in all all areas of activity, including the biggest, the recent $10 million Federal grant to improve the streets, sidewalks and bus routes in the downtown.
What do you envision for Hartford's future?
Over the next ten to twenty years I see more hard work and with persistent and consistent action, recognizing that the cast will and does change, it is not any individual but rather in the persistence of a vision of a 24-hour world class city not for the 19th century, but the 21st century, while Hartford must value and celebrate its past glory, its new future will not be found in nostalgia hunting, but in its arts, industry and hard working population. The region is most productive in the world.
Do you consider your carbon footprint?
Often and always, from being supportive of local farming that simultaneously reduces transportation to the city owned Prius for day to day driving and biking to and from work. My only indulgence is my convertible, but it's only for long summer drives.
What would you like to own that you don't currently possess?
A Vespa and a first edition of Huckleberry Finn.
What's your biggest extravagance?
My convertible and my commitment to local food, it's not cheap but it's worth it.
In what place are you happiest?
A national park. Pick one they are all incredible treasures.
What ambitions do you still have?
More reading, more learning, a doctorate in philosophy, and I suspect there is at least one or two more public sector adventures ahead.
What drives you on?
Fear of failure balanced in equal measure by the momentary joy of success.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
Being I hope at least a little bit better a person than I was at twenty. Without any children, which I think is where we should and do place all our hopes and wisdom, the best I can hope for is to make my life, this one life, better to others, better on myself and so less worse every day.
What has been your greatest disappointment?
Having to give up on all your dreams to decide on just one or two, failing to find a way forward with the love of my life.