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Old 06-12-2022, 12:45 AM
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Originally Posted by SteveM85 View Post
A mild surprise but if you think about it, the Black Rock section might be the nicest area of all three. Also, the Fairfield side has nice areas indistinguishable from Fairfield.
I’d say the Prospect Hill/St Ronan/Livingston/etc area of New Haven is even more upscale/nice than coastal Black Rock.
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Old 06-16-2022, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by CTartist View Post
You didn't check city-data info.

Crime 2019 US Average is 270
New Haven....431
Bridgeport.....290 (Surprise!)
I'd argue that crime statistics aren't even a very good measurement to look at when considering living in a city. I've lived in downtown Hartford on two different occasions. Crime has never been an issue. Only harmless if sometimes annoying panhandlers. Someone might consider moving to Hartford but what are the odds they are considering moving to the north end of Hartford? Basically zero. Well that's where a large percentage of the crime happens. I've been to the north end of Hartford exactly once. My polling station was there. I went at 3 in the afternoon and it was a non-event. But I'd never make a habit of hanging out there. almost everyone who lives in Hartford on purpose lives downtown or in the West End: both safe areas.
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Old 06-16-2022, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by StevieB160 View Post
I think I do this more on what towns are unique, fun to drive through, visit than to live. Not putting much thought into school quality, taxes, etc.

Group A

Ridgefield vs Ellington - Divided here. Haven't been to Ridgefield much as its a little off the highway. I happened to live near Ellington and I like how it embodies random north-central CT farm town better than anywhere else.

Waterford vs Trumbull - No strong opinion here but Waterford should be penalized for being one of three "water" municipalities in the state.

Group B

Westport vs East Hampton - Liked the little bit I drove through of Westport. East Hampton is OK.

Darien vs Old Lyme

Group C

West Hartford vs Hartford - Only one West Hartford in the state.

Brookfield vs Canton - Canton vs West Hartford will be a good battle next round. Just came back from Canton.

Group D

Farmington vs Woodstock - Easy selection for me.

Orange vs Essex

Group E

Litchfield vs Easton - Seems like people don't mention history much when voting but in addition to the Green I find the history around the law school for instance interesting here.

Clinton vs Salisbury - Would make for a great NW battle next round if gets through vs Litchfield

Group F

Glastonbury vs Cheshire - Battle of the Orchards! I live in Cheshire but few stores here, Route 10 has many rundown older buildings. No issues with the prisons here but lack of downtown is a problem. Roaring Brook is good but unlike the other poster I don't really take into account places that are in nearby towns when voting here. Although Glastonbury lacks walkable downtown there's more stores here I think and South Glastonbury is scenic.

Bethel vs Washington
- I liked driving through it.

Group G

Guilford vs New Canaan - The parts I've seen are nice.

Middlebury vs Avon - By a smidge. I like other towns in that area more.

Group H

Greenwich vs Chester

Norwalk vs Redding

Group I

Stonington vs Newington - Newington feels sort of plain to me.

Marlborough vs Woodbury - I'm generally pretty anti-Route 2.

Group J

Branford vs Sherman - I do like the towns just east of New Haven.

Woodbridge vs Simsbury - Very close.

Group K

New Haven
vs Hebron - Not sure I like New Haven as much as other people here but cool food history, Yale and West/East Rock.

Shelton vs Kent - Tend to be pro-Litchfield county.

Group L

Madison vs Wethersfield - I'd probably take Wethersfield over many of these other towns.

Westbrook vs Newtown - A top 15 town.

Group M

East Lyme vs Roxbury

Weston vs Middletown - Middletown is neat to me. The downtown is quirky and a lot of restaurants. Southern part of town is more rural, Western part is more suburban feel. Nice views on the river.

Group N

Fairfield vs North Haven

Wilton vs Stamford

Group O

Old Saybrook vs Stratford - I like the area near the water here.

Portland vs Wallingford

Group P

Milford vs Bridgewater

Putnam vs North Branford - How did Putnam get this far? Good draw? Is Putnam better than other random Eastern CT towns?

So there we have it. Who is READY to VOTE in Round 3!!!!
Walkable downtown is a term used here frequently but I wonder if we all have the same definition of it. I would actually consider Glastonbury Center a very walkable downtown, but some might disagree simply because it's not really designed that way. There are parking lots in front of everything so people drive everywhere and the sidewalks tend to not be crowded. But you have a downtown area which is still very walkable if that's what you choose. More spread out than West Hartford Center--which I'm guessing people would define as a walkable downtown--but that's not entirely a bad thing. I almost don't like how geographically small and cramped the center and Blue Back Square are. But I guess it gets labelled walkable simply because there isn't enough space to park hence parking garages and people walking--whether by choice or not.
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Old 06-29-2022, 08:29 PM
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Hey Guys,

A little Off Topic Here, but for all of you that enjoyed this, if you are all familiar with the 50 States, I just started a tournament like this for the 50 States in the Country, here: https://www.city-data.com/forum/city...nament-ii.html

Tune in and Vote if you're interested. Just thought I'd throw it out here!
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