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Old 05-21-2010, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Auburn
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hi all,

Just a quick question if anyone has an idea. So I am moving out and heading north to Maine. My Brother who just moved here from home had been staying with me.
He is on a limited budget and still in college and single. I just got an apartment for him in Bristol. I know they say it can have some rough areas, and as long as he was not in Hartford I felt comfortable. It is a short drive for college for him and the place fits his rent and looks pretty secure.

It's right behind the police station and guess that is helpful. Now I loved in NYC for six years, so I got no problem with rough areas. Frankly it looked like my first place in Queens, just perfect for one guy.

But, he is my little brother....so how rough is rough there in Bristol. Is he gonna face car breakins, or keep looking over his shoulder? I am in Newington, and love it here, totally safe and very comfortable. But hey, he just can't afford this.

If anyone can make me feel better or just tell it as it is, I maybe able to prepare him for what he is getting into.

Thanks

Mike
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I'd imagine Bristol has just as many dogs as any other small city.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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I'd imagine Bristol has just as many dogs as any other small city.

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Old 05-21-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: CT
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My cousin has been a cop there for about 20yrs, and he says it's pretty rough. It's a "rough" blue collar town with lots of bars and all the associated nonsense that comes from that (at least from a cops perspective). It has all the typical stuff; kids racing their loud cars, bums, nice sections (not many) crappy sections and average sections. There are better places. Try Kensington or Cromwell, perhaps Middletown?
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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The area behind the police station is one of the least desirable areas. I would look near ESPN or on Stafford Ave.

There are several multifamily apartments on Federal Hill. Some areas are quite nice while others are not. You have to be careful.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Storrs, CT
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You really gotta visit bristol, some of these comments are kinda misguided. I worked in Bristol a few summers ago and i loved it. But it depends where he lives. Bristol's downtown is older but the only problem is that it doesn't have the college-style residence your brother may be looking for. But depending on what part of queens u guys grew up in, u might not have a problem if he grew up in an apartment and you especially might not mind if he grew up around Latinos. Downtown Bristol is somewhat vibrant. As a person who grew up in a city, I love cities that have kids outside riding bikes and playing basketball. Downtown Bristol has a bicycle police team that rides til like 11, I should mention.

The only REAL bad place in Bristol that I know of is Davis Dr. Thats a low income housing project. A few years ago, somebody killed a pizzaman there. In 2008, when i was working overthere, somebody was nearly beaten to death over a game of craps. But trust me, thats only on Davis Dr.

Bristol has beautiful homes in its south end next to the Wolcott border. There's not many parts of bristol that have apartments, though. I'm kinda curious where he's moving to...
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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What college is he attending?
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:01 AM
 
Location: NJ
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The worst two streets in Bristol in terms of crime are are Davis Dr. and Union St. Outside of those areas shouldn't be too bad.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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You are more apt to be bored out of your mind in Bristol rather than be a victim of any sort of crime. There is no place to shop, see a movie, or eat a nice meal. If these things aren't important, then Bristol is a pleasant and cheaper alternative to surrounding towns.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The Route 6 corridor has a lot of shopping and restaurant options along it so I don't agree with that part of the above post. Also, there are movie theaters in neighboring towns which are not that far from Bristol. Jay
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