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Old 06-09-2007, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Hi all.

I'm bored tonight and after reading all of these threads, I began wondering what outsiders think of when they hear the name "Connecticut."

The state has an identity crisis. The western third is considered suburban NYC, while the eastern third is strictly Boston. The central part consists of Hartford and it's insurance companies.

But what do you guys think when you hear Connecticut? Conservative, liberal? Suburban, redneck? Boring, fun?

I'd really like an outsiders opinion...again- only because I'm bored!!!

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Old 06-09-2007, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I live in northern NJ, maybe 20 miles from the CT border, but really know almost nothing about CT. I hear about its wealthy suburbs and communities like Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, etc. but I've never seen them. I've also never seen the supposedly beautiful areas of Litchfield County during Fall. Instead the only places in CT I've been to are Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford. Bridgeport is a dump, the part of Hartford I saw was too, and New Haven, despite its reputation for being a dump actually looked very nice downtown and around Yale.
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Old 06-09-2007, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I live in northern NJ, maybe 20 miles from the CT border, but really know almost nothing about CT. I hear about its wealthy suburbs and communities like Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, etc. but I've never seen them. I've also never seen the supposedly beautiful areas of Litchfield County during Fall. Instead the only places in CT I've been to are Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford. Bridgeport is a dump, the part of Hartford I saw was too, and New Haven, despite its reputation for being a dump actually looked very nice downtown and around Yale.
Yes New Haven has many nice areas. Hartford and Bridgeport are very poor with many unemployed minorities.

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Old 06-10-2007, 06:25 AM
 
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I spent alot of time in Salisbury.I loved it,I thought I was in another world,time. The surrounding areas(Litchfield county) were equally lovely.When I think of the state,I think of this area and could move there in a heartbeat,but I wonder about visiting and living there,maybe too slow,"dull" for a kid?.And yes I know,most of Connecticut is not like this.Am curious about the schools as parts of the state are overly obsessed with the competitive side of education(or so I am told)
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:11 AM
 
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I think Connecticut is a beautiful state with an aging infrastructure. It is a state I'd like to explore more but is just not convenient to get to.
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:22 AM
 
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I think Connecticut is beautiful also-I think green, pretty, lots of trees, especially beautiful in the fall. I also think it would be an excellent place to raise a child, I've heard great things about the schools. I also think very professional, high end income families. As a single mom I think it would be too expensive for me, I'd go in a second if I thought I could afford it. When I lived in NY we used to go to Sharon, what part of the state is that in??
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I think Connecticut is beautiful also-I think green, pretty, lots of trees, especially beautiful in the fall. I also think it would be an excellent place to raise a child, I've heard great things about the schools. I also think very professional, high end income families. As a single mom I think it would be too expensive for me, I'd go in a second if I thought I could afford it. When I lived in NY we used to go to Sharon, what part of the state is that in??
Sharon is in the Northwest Corner of the state...in the Litchfield Hills. It's very quiet up there and the towns have a lot of character. It's a world away from the busy suburbs about 45 minutes south.

As for being convenient, RDCofDE, it's right in between Boston and NYC. Can't get much more convenient than that!!
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I've never lived in CT full-time, but did spend about 20-odd summers in Sherman (CT) and actually have CT on my list of 3 possible re-location sites (in the same area).

CT has a quieter reputation than MA; is more heavily populated than ME, NH and VT, and seems to keep a low profile except at election time

And I happen to find it a remarkably beautiful state in its own unique way, and worth exploring by those unfamiliar with its resources, attractions, and fine folk.
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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The Midwest is better
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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I have a favorable impression of Ct. but you are absolutely correct about the identy crisis. It might be the most indistinguishable state in the usa. To me first and foremost its a bedroom community for NYC, secondly its the southern tip of New England. Both great qualities to be a component of but the state is so small that you can't really take it seriously.
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