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Old 08-12-2010, 08:50 PM
Location: CT
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Originally Posted by 7 Wishes View Post
Not to drift this off-topic, but I didn't think about Tampa in that respect. Maybe "South Florida" (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach) is kind of that way too.....
It is a very different place but just in a generic term it is similar IMO. The description you gave merely reminded me of the way the Bay area was set up and grew.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:57 AM
Location: Riverview, FL
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Originally Posted by brasscitybluenwhite View Post

Connecticut has alot of friendly post-industrial towns, too.
Seymour, CT (#1), Plainfield, Putnam are all really friendly.
While I can't comment too much on urban areas (since I don't like and try to avoid them if I can help it), I did see this part and it almost made me laugh a bit. I've lived in Plainfield my entire life and I'd have to say that it's a pretty go-nowhere town altogether. The economy is poor (but isn't it everywhere?) and there is almost no job growth whatsoever. New businesses are almost non-existent unless you work in food-service. The one big company that recently moved into town (Lowe's Distribution) is on it's way out already, even after the town funded tens of thousands of dollars redoing roads and helping them build a several million ft sq building. Rentals are absurdly high for the income ranges in town, and ditto for property ownership. The town is small; everyone knows everybody else's business and they have no problem spreading it around to everyone else. The school system is shoddy and there have even been allegations of abuse by teachers to special education students recently.

If that's your idea of a good town to live in, then by all means, please do move here. For my part, I'm on my way out after nearly thirty years, and I couldn't be happier to be just about anywhere else.

Putnam has a very shoddy side as well, though the amazing antiques district almost makes up for the rest of it.

There ARE other nice towns in Eastern CT, however. Try something more like Woodstock, Pomfret, some parts of Brooklyn, Griswold, Uncasville/Montville, Stonington/Mystic, and the Deep River/Lyme/Moodus areas. There isn't much in the way of "big city" on this side of the state at all, unless one counts places like Norwich and Groton/New London. Even still, those cities are more like larger towns.
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