A Field Guide to Hartford
Cities Data Center Director Ivan Kuzyk.
Did you know that Richard Nixon was the last
Republican candidate to garner over 20,000 votes in a presidential
election in Hartford? Or that the students at the Simpson-Waverly
elementary school in the cityís North End perform better on
standardized tests than children in many suburban school districts?
These and a host of other interesting and useful facts can be found in
the second edition of the Hartford Primer & Field Guide,
recently published by the Collegeís Cities Data Center.
Much like the first edition, published in 2001,
the Primer provides an often-fascinating look at the city and
its history. Using data from a variety of sources, including the U.S.
census, it offers some of the most current information available in
areas ranging from the local economy to Hartfordís political
landscape. Cities Data Center Director Ivan Kuzyk says that the
sections on politics, education, and crime have been significantly
reworked for the Primerís second edition to reflect recent
developments. An index has also been added.
Kuzyk, who attended high school in Hartford,
notes that while the Primer was originally designed for Trinity
students involved in community-based learning in the Hartford region,
the book has attracted significant interest off campus. The new
edition is currently in use in over a dozen classes at the College and
is widely used as a reference on the city by students and faculty.
Several area libraries keep the Primer
handy for quick reference, and it has been utilized in classes at the
University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, and Saint
Joseph College. The first edition was also used by former Hartford
City Manager Al Ilg as a training resource for city administrators, as
well as by concerned citizens and local nonprofit organizations for
help with grant applications.
Individual copies of the 2nd Edition Hartford
Primer & Field Guide can be purchased at Gallows Hill Bookstore on
the Trinity campus. Bulk sales are available through the Cities Data
Center at 860-297-2112. Complimentary copies are available to Trinity
College students, faculty, and staff.
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