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    Forgive me for a bit of a "dorky" question....as a student of television/broadcasting, I always wanted to tour WFSB, but never got the chance. Does anybody here have any insight as to the layout of the building when it served as a TV station. Specifically, where were the different on-air studios, newsrooms. I always assumed the main news studio was on the lowest floor, but between the street-level weather center and the garage, I'm not sure where it would fit. Also, did Meredith leave any of the sets in place when they abandoned the building, or is it pretty much cleaned out? Just curious, since I'll never get a chance to go inside. Still, it's great to hear about the plans for the site.
  2. Has their been any discussion about the equipment to be used. Will these be gas/diesel powered buses or will they be trackless trolleys using cantenary lines? As an aside, I once asked a friend of mine who worked in the state capitol about the prospect of light rail instead of bus. He said the main reason was cost. He said the cost of an extensive light rail system/subway system eminating out of Hartford in all four directions, north, south, east, west was estimated at about $30 billion worth of bonding with equipment, tracks, right-of-way, station construction, personell costs, and the inevitable legal, regulatory disputes/approvals. He then added that, in a "good year", the state bonds about $2 billion. The long and short...this isn't a question of spending $150 million on a busway or $200 million on light rail. It seems to be the question of spending $X million on busway or $4 or $5 billion for rail. So this seems more an issue of practical cost than anything else. Incidentally, subway/rail systems in cities like New York (BRT and IRT) and Boston were constructed more than 100 years ago by private companies when it was easy to buy a swath of land and do just about anything with it.It wasn't until the mid-20th century that these systems became government entitities after the private companies couldn't keep up with costs.
  3. For the record, the science center "broke ground" in October 2005, though major construction equipment didn't move on site until January 06
  4. I think the state asked Northland and Northland wasn't interested. At least, that's what I recall from the media articles after Cohen was dropped.
  5. That's actually what the state does. It's called a request for proposals or RFP. The state sets the parameters and then developers respond with a plan they feel best fits the parameters. Even after the state picks a developer, there is a ton of technical negotiations that need to be complete, so you are always going to find yourself negotiating with one party.
  6. Two more pieces of heavy equipment are now on the site, bringing the total to three. This thing might actually happen.
  7. Not to burst your bubble, but I drove past the Highgrove site in Stamford last week. It's basically a hole in the ground. It looks like construction work has completely stopped. I realize we're talking different developers here, but I just wanted to point that out.
  8. By that logic, soccer isn't a European tradition because most Europeans probably haven't mingled at a pub outside a soccer stadium. There were more than 36,000 in East Hartford for Thursday's game. The majority of that crowd participated in tailgating activities. Yet you, a single person on a message board, rather than simply say 'to each his own' choose to belittle them by calling their activity "ridiculous. UConn was not playing on a national level 10 years ago. That has changed and the games have grown in popularity exponentially. That's something to be lauded, not criticized. And the majority of the fans who attended games at Memorial Stadium did tailgate. The numbers may be larger, but there has always been tailgaters. As for your thoughts on the south, well, at least you're not a closeted bigot...those are the worst.
  9. Am I supposed to be impressed/discouraged that Europeans laugh at our traditions? Why is it when Americans criticize other country's customs, we are considered closed-minded xenophobic, but when Europeans criticize (from your description, it sounds more like belittle) our customs, they are somehow more enlightened? I've never been to a European soccer game and I've never experienced their pregame rituals, so I won't make any judgments. I would expect the same treatment in return from Europeans. I guess it's a good thing they didn't build the stadium on campus, like most UConn officials/fans wanted. Then Hartford really wouldn't have seen any spinoff, not to mention there probably wouldnt' have been soccer games or concerts. Oh, and I'm assuming you think the south and southerners are an inferior region/class of people?
  10. "The atmosphere outside those stadiums is unbelievably better, and there's no place to put your SUV and grill." Didn't you just say that you've never been to a game at Rentschler, and wouldn't want to. How can you then say it's "unbelievably better"? Are European sport customes inherently better than American customs, simply because they are European? I am frankly dumbfounded by your use of broad brush strokes to paint UConn football fans as rednecks with "fat arses" and SUVs. I'm a UConn football fan who tailgates and have neither a large posterior or an SUV. And i have been to enough Whaler/Bruins games to experience sports in an urban environment. I've also been to plenty of games at Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, and Camden Yards in Baltimore, so I have experienced the urban stadium. (And I don't drive my car to any of those venues) And I like both the urban and suburban environments for what they are. Incidentally, tailgating originated in the northeast, with college football fans (notably Yale, Harvard, and Princeton) fans packing picnics in their horse drawn carriages to enjoy before and after the game.
  11. If not for my car's panic alarm, I would still be there looking for mine.
  12. I've been a season ticket holder for football for all three previous seasons, but going to last night's game made me glad I didn't renew for this year. (Couldn't commit to all the games, and the prices, last minute game time changes were getting insane) They used to have both a unique and a convenient setup at Rentschler, using the runways as parking lots as well as the fields to the left of Willow Street. But last night was a diaster. It feels like you're parked in Manchester or Glastonbury! You feel completedly disconnected from the festivities around the stadium. Now, I'm all for development and hope that the Rentschler Field progress is a success, but I fear they are going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg when it comes to treating UCONN Football and its fans. My understanding is that Cabela's is going in the grassy spot between the start of the two runways. (That area was cordeoned off last night, and it appears 1 or 2 pices of construction equipment is being moved in.) But can somebody tell me why we can no longer park in the grassy lots to the left of Willow Street? At least a part of that lot should have been saved for red parking. If you have to put overflow out in the boondocks, so be it, but there should be at least some red parking within a 1/2 mile of the stadium. Sorry, had to vent.