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Old 02-05-2013, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I went to NBHS, graduated first in my class and went to MIT. I also got into Princeton, Columbia, UPenn and everywhere I applied to. I got a full four year scholarship courtesy of living in New Britain.

I had terrific teachers that cared. As in many schools, it is all what you make of it. If I recall correctly, I even took classes at Tunxis while I was at NHBS without additional payment. For my situation, NBHS was the best high school I could have gone to without paying 20/30000 per year for a place like Choate. (I was a CT Scholar and went to Choate for two summers. It was a great experience with a tons of amenities, but even now I would not have asked my parents to pay for it.)
I agree with this. There are very few BAD schools in CT where the teachers don't teach to standard and don't care. Most of what makes a school "underperform" is the student's and their parents. The parents think they are above working hard and succeeding in life so they pass that mentality on to their kids. This teaches them that school is for chumps and they can do better if they aren't there physically or mentally.

You often see this in what are considered the best schools. I went to high school in Southbury. There were many kids who just didn’t care to be there. They put no effort into their work and just barely graduated, if at all. Fortunately, most students in that school come from good families who teach their kids that an education is the most important thing you can have.

If we can get people to care about their education, there is no reason any school, even those that are underfunded, can succeed.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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How much snow did New Britain get? We only got less than 5 inches in Brooklyn (near where I live, I guess because we're so close to the ocean.)
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Somewhere between two and three feet I'd guess.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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How much snow did New Britain get? We only got less than 5 inches in Brooklyn (near where I live, I guess because we're so close to the ocean.)
Too much. Many of the 2 lane roads are down to 1 lane and the 4 lane roads are down to 2. Its a mess.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:41 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I agree with most of this, but belive it or not the Walnut Hill Park & Stanley Park neighborhoods used to be wealthy enclaves long ago. Many of the streets in this nabes are lined with large Tudors and colonials, most of which were occupied by NBGH doctors and surgeons, and executives from manufacturers like Stanley and others. They're still nice, well-kept areas and safe, but they're the not affluent areas they used to be.

To the OP, as far why manufacturing declined this is what's happened everywhere. When the housing projects went up, they were built with the intent to house workers during WW2, who were drawn to the area's then-booming defense industries. But after the war manufacturing declined and so too did the quality of life there. As manufacturers either went elsewhere or went out of business, the areas grew poorer and poorer. I don't think anyone could have foreseen just how bad living conditions would grow there. Same thing happened in Hartford too and their housing projects are even worse.

Many of NB's old projects are coming down. Pinnacle Heights and Mount Pleasant, both in the northwest part of town, are either demolished or are slated to be torn down soon. This is where most of the city's public housing is. But the city's east side can be rough, too. There's alot of duplexes and apartments here, which in theory isn't a bad thing, but these ones are also occupied by lower-income residents (section 8, welfare recipients, etc). I'm not saying this to bash the city - they do have some beautiful areas and attractive architecture and the public amenities are great - but anytime you have high concentrations of poor people and limited access to decent-paying jobs for an unskilled workforce (which the city's manufacturing base once provided), then usually this means lots of crime.

As for whether the city will ever return to its glory days, who knows? Anything is possible, but one thing I don't see is the Hartford-New Britain area becoming a bedroom community for New Yorkers or Bostonians. Some people do commute a few times a month into these cities from here for meetings, but that's about it. High-speed rail may very well materialize (and I support this) but it will take years for this to reach completion. When it does, it still seems unlikely that people will want to commute 100 miles to Boston or New York daily. It would definitely be a nice amenity to be able to have a rail stop in town for those of us who don't want to drive to New Haven to to into the city, but I dont' see us becoming commuter rail suburbs like in Westchester or northeast Jersey. We're just too far away.
With the Proposed NEW NEC stopping in nearby Waterbury maybe even New Britian , reducing the travel times down to 50mins to Penn Station New York would cause the Hartford-Waterbury-Manchester MSA would explode , so would Providence , and other cities or neighborhoods the NEW NEC and connecting systems would touch. But this is sadly 2 decades away.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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How much snow did New Britain get? We only got less than 5 inches in Brooklyn (near where I live, I guess because we're so close to the ocean.)
New Britain's roads must still be a mess - a family member of mine teaches in the public schools there. They were off Friday, off yesterday - and now tomorrow.

It was pretty wild up here. I live pretty close to New Britain, and we got easily over 2 feet up here. I spent this past weekend at my parents' house to help them shovel the front steps and porches. It was not fun. The snow plow trucks never showed up until late sunday night, so my neighors and us took our snowblowers and cleared a path on the street ourselves. Consider yourself lucky, my friend.

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Too much. Many of the 2 lane roads are down to 1 lane and the 4 lane roads are down to 2. Its a mess.
Yeah, this is what it was like by the mall yesterday and today. I went to Trader Joe's after work today just to get a few groceries, and it was awful. As crappy of a day as it was today, at least the warm air helped to melt the snow a little bit. Only now it's starting to freeze now that it's gettin cold again!

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Old 02-12-2013, 03:13 AM
 
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Default Read & heard there's slimey politics too, just east of Hartford

East Hartford has lots of political problems itself, lots of negligence & often corruption amongst its public servants.
there was an apt. complex, Kings court that city council members did not bother to maintain properly, & that apt. complex is so run down now, only has half its tenant.
A former mayor Susan Knief however is sticking up for the residents.
She seems like a good, ethical intelligent lady.
She actually has a show on TV on the local govt. channel in that town.
E. Hartford used to be a major mfr. town too.
Pratt & Whitney had thousands employed there.
jobs have dropped drastically lately though.
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You are exactly right. I live in New Britain now and have the same feeling. I like to walk around downtown and Walnut Hill Park and marvel at the architecture and wonder about the potential. New Britain also has a rich artistic history as well, with the Art League of New Britain, NBMAA, Greater New Britain Arts Alliance. Often times it is a strong arts community that leads the effort of breathing life back into these post-industrial areas.

New Britain, I've learned, is highly politicized, and politics here are slimey. More so than any small city I've ever seen. Look into the landlord debates. Read comments from just about any article in the local newspaper, New Britain Herald. Or how about this recent headline - $25,000 Reward Offered for Arrest, Conviction of O’Brien, Sherwood. Before you formulate an opinion on this I would spend a few moments to research Sam Zherka and his history of political involvement and business in Westchester and NYC.

I'm led to believe that this sort of style of political back-and-forth would make it extremely difficult to enact positive changes in any city. There are, however, a number of non-partisan organizations run by residents working hard to revitalize and spread enthusiasm towards the points you mentioned above, germansoldiers, and their efforts are met with appreciation from the public.

As to the empty storefronts downtown. What sane business owner would invest time and capital into a downtown with such an uncertain future and weird political environment right now? The right type of commerce attracts not only people but more business as well, increasing property values for all. It's a winning scenario, but a catch-22 at the moment.

If you truly admire New Britain I would suggest to keep up to date with revitalization efforts and inform yourself of the current political issues. There is potential, and there are core groups of residents eagerly working towards positive change.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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How much snow did New Britain get? We only got less than 5 inches in Brooklyn (near where I live, I guess because we're so close to the ocean.)
My parents still live in New Britain on the Berlin line and my mom said they got 30 inches. Probably even worse were the drifts. They live on a street near a senior citizen home and a clinic and in the past it was pretty much always plowed as soon as the snow stopped. This time it took them about three days to get to it.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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@ GERMANSOLDIERS: There is the Farmington Hills housing complex in the area you mentioned. I had a friend who once lived in this complex on Lasalle Street. Access is mostly from Stanley Street, across from Fairview Cemetery.

the farmington hills complex is not across from fairview cemetery its st marys cemetery fairview farther in the back of st marys but not adjecent to it kinda hard to expline
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