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Old 07-14-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I think it's wonderful that six of our towns made the top 100 list, it doesn't surprise me. But I was just reading the article, and I read Trumbull's description. I don't think it's entirely accurate. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but I'm wondering how thoroughly they actually researched these towns? Where is this nearby commercial strip of big-name chains the article refers to? And it's one theatre is not on Main Street. You have to hop on Rt. 25 and head to the Bridgeport border to get to the theatre, it's not conveniently located in Trumbull at all.

"A nearby commercial strip offers big-name chains, while the downtown's Main Street provides smaller independent businesses and theatres."
I agree. The description is not Trumbull. There is the mall on Main Street but it is surrounded by houses, not commercial businesses. You would have to travel about a mile south to the north end of Bridgeport for a commercial Strip of stores. Could that be what they are referring to? Also Main Street does not really pass through a downtown area in Trumbull. There is Town Hall Plaza but that is just a lone shopping center near Town Hall. There are also some shops along Main here and there but nothing with much density. There is also the stores on White Plains Road and Daniels Farm Road that is sort of a downtown area but that is no where near Main Street. And there really are no theaters in town, just on the border with Bridgeport like you noted. Very strange, Jay
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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WOW...this is amazing and wonderful. I am not surprised about Simsbury, Cheshire or East Lyme.
I'm surprised Simsbury didn't rank higher. I don't think people realize how nice that town is until they actually go there and see for themselves.

They say these rankings look at a number of things, including affordability. I wonder if that was always the case since Greenwich was on that list only a few years back, and that town is ridiculously expensive.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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I don't put any value on such reports anymore as I find them to be very misleading. How they gather their data I don't know but there is something fishy about it. Fairfield made it to #9 in 2006, which was the year the town was most overpriced ever. Obviously they didn't take affordability into account then. In general, the town didn't deserve such a nice spot: is a nice town but it has much room for improvement.
JMHO
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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CNN/Money Magazine released their 2009 National town rankings, and SIX Connecticut towns made the 100 town list! (Connecticut tied with Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas as showing up the most on the list).

#27 - Tolland
#55 - Somers
#57 - Simsbury
#72 - Cheshire
#75 - East Lyme
#77 - Trumbull

I know we aren't too keen about these lists on our forum, but I think we should celebrate these wonderful towns (and all the wonderful towns in our state for that matter!) Go CT!
That's great!! A pretty decent showing in the top 100, right?

Does Trumbull even have a "town?" lol...I mean, I get it is a great place to raise a family, but there's hardly a "town" to speak of--just subdivisions.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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I agree. The description is not Trumbull. There is the mall on Main Street but it is surrounded by houses, not commercial businesses. You would have to travel about a mile south to the north end of Bridgeport for a commercial Strip of stores. Could that be what they are referring to? Also Main Street does not really pass through a downtown area in Trumbull. There is Town Hall Plaza but that is just a lone shopping center near Town Hall. There are also some shops along Main here and there but nothing with much density. There is also the stores on White Plains Road and Daniels Farm Road that is sort of a downtown area but that is no where near Main Street. And there really are no theaters in town, just on the border with Bridgeport like you noted. Very strange, Jay
Jay, I'm right there with you...I mean, I don't get it--it's a stretch. Many, many more "real" towns in CT that have true, vibrant little centers. Trumbull's nice--and I love the area--but there's no town center.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Norwichtown
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CNN/Money Magazine released their 2009 National town rankings, and SIX Connecticut towns made the 100 town list! (Connecticut tied with Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas as showing up the most on the list).

#27 - Tolland
#55 - Somers
#57 - Simsbury
#72 - Cheshire
#75 - East Lyme
#77 - Trumbull

I know we aren't too keen about these lists on our forum, but I think we should celebrate these wonderful towns (and all the wonderful towns in our state for that matter!) Go CT!
Course on the not so good side, watch out if you live in those towns.

Years ago when my little out of no where town in WA state was listed as "one of the best places to live in America..." a ton of people started to move there right afterward. I suppose that can be good and bad depending on how you look at it.

In a short ten years, when I went back for a visit, I could not even recognize it anymore. People moved there so fast that the streets and roads were not able to accommodate the traffic. It's a little better now, but WOW- when towns are listed in magazines, it has a huge impact.
Just sayin,
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Course on the not so good side, watch out if you live in those towns.

Years ago when my little out of no where town in WA state was listed as "one of the best places to live in America..." a ton of people started to move there right afterward. I suppose that can be good and bad depending on how you look at it.

In a short ten years, when I went back for a visit, I could not even recognize it anymore. People moved there so fast that the streets and roads were not able to accommodate the traffic. It's a little better now, but WOW- when towns are listed in magazines, it has a huge impact.
Just sayin,
I doubt this kind of thing will happen here in CT. Land is scarce and zoning is tough. It would not be something that just happens overnight or even over a 5 year period. Jay
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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I don't put any value on such reports anymore as I find them to be very misleading. How they gather their data I don't know but there is something fishy about it. Fairfield made it to #9 in 2006, which was the year the town was most overpriced ever. Obviously they didn't take affordability into account then. In general, the town didn't deserve such a nice spot: is a nice town but it has much room for improvement.
JMHO
Maybe it's a "relative" thing. Fairfield is where the "NYC influence" of high prices begins to end. It's certainly from my experience not as expensive as Greenwich, Darien, Ridgefield, etc. So maybe they weighed relative expense vs. relative nearness to NYC.

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I'm surprised Simsbury didn't rank higher. I don't think people realize how nice that town is until they actually go there and see for themselves.

They say these rankings look at a number of things, including affordability. I wonder if that was always the case since Greenwich was on that list only a few years back, and that town is ridiculously expensive.
Drove through the town today for the first time while visting a colleague and I see exactly what you mean.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:40 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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Drove through the town today for the first time while visting a colleague and I see exactly what you mean.
Were you on Hopmeadow Street by any chance? It's one of the main North-South thoroughfares in town. On the south side are large corporate offices (Chubb, The Hartford), and if you keep going north it's a nice, scenic ride that has some condo complexes surrounded by woods (mostly older ones from the '60s and '70s) and the road goes through Simsbury Center which is the downtown area. It's really subdued over there but it's really nice.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:05 PM
 
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Woohoo Eastern CT!! Don't forget Waterford and New London, we rock!!
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