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Old 07-19-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Connecticut has some pretty areas. The thing that surprised me most when I stayed up there a few years ago was when I learned that CT has tobacco farms. I had no idea.
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Connecticut has some pretty areas. The thing that surprised me most when I stayed up there a few years ago was when I learned that CT has tobacco farms. I had no idea.
The world's best leaf wrap is grown in those farms. I grew up around several of them in Simsbury and can recall some of my friends from high school used to pick tobacco up to 12 hours a day during our time off from school. Good pay for high school students at that time. I was smart and had a couple of paper routes.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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I've only driven through it, but it looks like a nice state from what I saw. Although I've heard nasty things about Bridgeport.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:05 AM
 
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I think of a bunch of old beaten up cities, rich suburbs, and farmland in between. I don't however, have a stereotype for the people.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:50 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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The stretch of I-95 between New Haven and NY must exist in hell as it's an insanely busy corridor but only 3 lanes each direction. The Merritt Parkway doesn't offer much relief either, but I must admit it's a pretty drive. Like Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Connecticut has really outdated and poorly designed highways. The Southeastern part of the state around Mystic and New London is nice for coastal character and casinos, as is the Northwestern corner around Litchfield County for rolling hills, bucolic towns, and fall foliage. The rest of the state....”Meh”. I can only echo others on this thread in saying the suburbs are nice, but the cities are in bad shape. It's a very residential state with mostly bedroom communities. Having Boston and NYC within close range is probably its biggest asset.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:53 AM
 
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Why is it that Connecticut and Massachusstts name their highways "turnpikes"?
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:05 AM
 
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Why is it that Connecticut and Massachusstts name their highways "turnpikes"?
Used to be another name for a Toll Road.

You can find them in Kansas and PA as well.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Used to be another name for a Toll Road.

You can find them in Kansas and PA as well.
And Florida, and New Jersey, and Ohio, and Texas, and Delaware

Indeed. Back in the old days (as far back as colonial times), many cartways were toll roads. A wooden timber was used to block the way. Once the toll was paid, the timber (or "pike") would be "turned" aside to allow passage. The name turnpike is still applied to modern toll roads.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:24 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'm in the Plains so most of what I think of with Connecticut would be media images. From that the old stereotype I think of with "Connecticut" is probably that it was a place of affluent emotionally repressed Northern-European (British-descended mostly, possibly some German) descended people. Like "The Ice Storm" or the grandparents in "The Gilmore Girls." (Not that either was around when I was a kid)

Although I do think even when I was a kid there was things like "Mystic Pizza" and Connecticut as a place full of middle-class Italian, Portuguese, etc people. Then later "Judging Amy" kind of portrayed some of the urban-problems of Connecticut albeit in an occasionally sappy family-drama way. Than it became known as one of the socially-liberal New England states.

I guess now I'd think/stereotype it as a state that's generally-liberal, but "tough on crime" as it's one of the few in New England to have the death penalty. And in the "crudest stereotypes sometimes linger" way as a place of urban decay, wealthy WASPs, Yale grads, insurance salesman, and pizzerias.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:13 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I have only been once- to a Phish concert- didn't realize Hartford was such a scary dump but I'm sure there are nice places in the small state. But had a hella good time at the show.
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