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Old 03-14-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Although I had an amazing experience living in NYC, I would say Granby, CT is the best place I've lived. It's quiet, beautiful, has educated and some wealthy people who do not show off their money, unlike other neighboring towns. The people are nice and it has a small town feel, although it's rapidly growing. And you only have to drive 5-10 min for a grocery store, which isn't bad for a rural town.

Now, I live in Middletown and honestly don't like it. Yes, the western and southern sections of town are decent, but the downtown is disgusting IMO. Even during the daytime, I see suspiscious, sketchy and ghetto people walking along Main Street. I would not want to be walking there alone, I'm sorry to say. It's in stark contrast compared with West Hartford center. Also, the traffic on Route 66 and Main Street is horrendous. It takes me literally 10 minutes just to get to Route 9. Too many traffic lights and cars. And, I can't stand the college students everywhere walking around from Wesleyan. They all seem to dress weird and have weird styles. You know...guys with long hair and trench coats. Just so weird. And I see college students all the time fooling around and buying beer at the local stores. It makes the city feel more childish than it needs to be. Overall, the city has a run-down feel and I just dont fit in. Ugh...I am already looking at moving out when my lease is up this fall! Even Vernon was a better place to live, and I didn't like it much.

In short, the towns I liked living in were: Rocky Hill, Granby and NYC. The towns I didn't like living in were Hartford, Vernon and now Middletown.

I agree that Granby is a very nice town. I always found the people there to be sooo friendly.

I do not necessarily agree with you about Middletown though. It is not "disgusting". Not even close. It is old but that is part of its charm. Not every town can be as upscale as West Hartford. I have never felt unsafe there even late at night. Also having college kids around even if they look unusual is kind of nice. It adds to the character of the town. It sounds like you would be better suited to West Hartford. Nothing wrong with that. Jay
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Let me tell you something...if it wasn't so cold there, not much would stop me from living there. I've heard the saying, Europeans can't believe how American it feels and Americans can't believe how European it feels. LOL

When I was up there in the Winter though, it wasn't too bad because you can really stay underground most of the time. Great public transit system as well. Chinatown was a lot of fun, the comtempo museum etc etc.

Love it. It used to be nice getting 15-20% off everything as well...but those days are gone.

Toronto got nothing on Montreal IMO.


I'm 100% in agreement on all counts! (Well, except that it cost me 20% more to shop on THIS side of the border, but whatever...)

When I lived there, visitors told me that they felt like it was a cross between NYC and Paris. Geez, I had no idea how good I had it.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Norwalk, CT
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Let me tell you something...if it wasn't so cold there, not much would stop me from living there. I've heard the saying, Europeans can't believe how American it feels and Americans can't believe how European it feels. LOL

When I was up there in the Winter though, it wasn't too bad because you can really stay underground most of the time. Great public transit system as well. Chinatown was a lot of fun, the comtempo museum etc etc.

Love it. It used to be nice getting 15-20% off everything as well...but those days are gone.

Toronto got nothing on Montreal IMO.



I hate to say I told you so, but "I told you so". Middletown to me is a city of lost opportunity. They have Weslyan, yet the ghetto is across the street. They are on the river, except it's got a highway cutting them off. They have a nice downtown, but the riff raff keeps many from enjoying it. Getting through downtown to RT makes me pull my hair out.
Lol...did you really warn me about this in the past? Perhaps I should have taken your advice more seriously!

It's definitely the worst town I have lived in, in CT, to date. Beyond my apartment complex, I don't feel like I fit in at all. I should have looked harder for a better apartment in a better town. Oh well, 7 months left on the lease. The sad part, is that it borders another cruddy city...Meriden.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Norwalk, CT
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I agree that Granby is a very nice town. I always found the people there to be sooo friendly.

I do not necessarily agree with you about Middletown though. It is not "disgusting". Not even close. It is old but that is part of its charm. Not every town can be as upscale as West Hartford. I have never felt unsafe there even late at night. Also having college kids around even if they look unusual is kind of nice. It adds to the character of the town. It sounds like you would be better suited to West Hartford. Nothing wrong with that. Jay
Yes, West Hartford would better suit me. But it's way, way too urban for my tastes, not to mention expensive. It has like 3,000 people per sq. mile. Middletown only has about 1,200 and even that's too urban for me!

I don't know where to go next, but I'll see what's available come October. I have been periodically checking Craigslist for house rentals.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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El Paso.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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Yes, West Hartford would better suit me. But it's way, way too urban for my tastes, not to mention expensive. It has like 3,000 people per sq. mile. Middletown only has about 1,200 and even that's too urban for me!

I don't know where to go next, but I'll see what's available come October. I have been periodically checking Craigslist for house rentals.
Good luck finding a rental in a non-urban area in CT. That's one of the reasons I enjoyed living in NH (Merrimack) so much. We lived in a fairly new complex, in a 1 br, with a separate den/dining room, heat and hot water included, and a washer and dryer in unit for $1100 a month. The town was not extremely rural, but far from the urban feel of Middletown and WH, while still being close to every store needed.

I have been looking in CT for years for something comparable, and have yet to find it.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:09 PM
 
Location: New England
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I'm 100% in agreement on all counts! (Well, except that it cost me 20% more to shop on THIS side of the border, but whatever...)

When I lived there, visitors told me that they felt like it was a cross between NYC and Paris. Geez, I had no idea how good I had it.
Who says you can't go home. If you do go back, be sure to message me. My wife and I will come up and take you out to dinner. LOL

Oh good Lord, now you've got me dying to go back again. I better hurry up before the cold weather deals are gone. LOL

Chez L'Epicier, Jardin Nelson (Le), Méchant Boeuf here I come!

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Je me souviens!
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Who says you can't go home. If you do go back, be sure to message me. My wife and I will come up and take you out to dinner. LOL

Oh good Lord, now you've got me dying to go back again. I better hurry up before the cold weather deals are gone. LOL

Chez L'Epicier, Jardin Nelson (Le), Méchant Boeuf here I come!

:: RESTAURANT CHEZ L‘ÉPICIER :: Montréal, Gastronomie, Cuisine française, Vieux-port, Canada
Jardin Nelson - Old Montreal - Home - Jardin Nelson - Old Montreal
MONTREAL HAMBURGER RESTAURANTS: Mchant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie a Montreal Hamburger Restaurant

Je me souviens!
I wish! My husband doesn't speak French, though, so he wouldn't be able to work there.

If you do go back, YOU message ME, and I'll give you a laundry list of places to go. Yeah, most of them are restaurants.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:22 PM
 
Location: New England
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I wish! My husband doesn't speak French, though, so he wouldn't be able to work there.
So teach him. Then again most Quebecois don't speak French either. Budump pish.

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If you do go back, YOU message ME, and I'll give you a laundry list of places to go. Yeah, most of them are restaurants.
Mind watching the kids for a weekend? LOL Will do, thanks for the offer.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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So teach him. Then again most Quebecois don't speak French either. Budump pish.
HAHAHAHAHA!!!! So true!

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Mind watching the kids for a weekend? LOL Will do, thanks for the offer.
When the little one's out of diapers, we can talk about it.
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