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  1. IN PROGRESS: Hartford-New Britain Busway/ CTFastrak

    I find it hard to believe people are still talking about the Busway actually happening, instead of rail to a larger region. The busway is remarkably short sighted. It's too much money for serving too little people. People aren't going to abandon cars for buses the same way they would trains. And if you think in a world beyond peak oil, which we've already hit: how do you plan on running these buses? Gas? Will become too expensive in the future. Natural gas? That will likely be the way of oil and become harder to obtain and more expensive to use. We don't have any mass produced alternatives in planning. The rail would be better. Hopefully the longer this Busway thing drags, we can finally get an official switch to what should be done.
  2. Bring Back The Whale!!!

    Too bad this won't do much of anything to motivate people to see the Hartford team return.
  3. Bring Back The Whale!!!

    The bids for the Coyotes were all rejected. But the NHL is likely the closest to getting it in a second try. Expect more hockey nobody cares about in a place which never should have hockey.
  4. NCAA Football

    Oklahoma already loses, and Oregon looks bad against Boise. Bunch of BCS busters already? Between Boise, BYU - and then potentially Utah and TCU. Good stuff ahead.
  5. Considering that this is Connecticut, I'm surprised it's 2014 and not several years later.
  6. HFD/Conn Economic development

    Another Quiet Corner update: Crabtree and Evelyn just filed for bankruptcy today. Company is based out of Woodstock. No word yet on what might happen with their reorganization process, least from what I saw.
  7. IN PROGRESS: Hartford-New Britain Busway/ CTFastrak

    It'd still be faster to drive, and I also don't trust Mass. to get its act together. I definitely do think that at least, eastern Conn. should get a rail link, the 395 corridor to the rest of the inland of the state. Bring it out to Putnam, maybe extend into RI for Providence if they want in. And then have one run down Route 2 way to Norwich, then south to NL/Groton
  8. HFD/Conn Economic development

    Not really Hartford but Conn. was included: overheard a couple days ago Rite Aid recently moved their northeast Rx distribution from their center in Dayville to Syracuse, New York. Many fear the entire Dayville facility will close sometime soon, and that a few hundred jobs will be lost in the Quiet Corner. Rite Aid is really really hurting ever since they foolishly took over Brooks and Eckerd and expanded far more than they should have. Dayville was originally the Brooks distribution center, then taken over when Rite Aid bought them out, so perhaps consolidation would require the old Brooks infrastructure to go away. Walgreens and CVS are putting a hurt on them too. I remember seeing many people predict Rite Aid was soon to go under when Circuit City and Linens n' Things did the same. If Rite Aid falls down and/or Dayville closes - that'll be a big big hurt in northeast Connecticut.
  9. IN-PROGRESS: Storrs Center

    Saw in today's Courant, the first tenant for this project will be a Storrs branch of the Vanilla Bean Cafe, which is a very well known establishment at its location in Pomfret. I never been, or to the sister place 85 Main in Putnam, but I hear good things.
  10. As being in eastern Conn., I'd love to see an improved east-west connection via rail. It's about time. Not many good ways to get from one side the state to the other. I still can't believe this NB-Hart busway is still being a busway, and not a rail line as a part of a statewide network. Connect Waterbury, Bristol, NB, and Hartford all on one branch. Hell, why not go all the way to Danbury and beyond? The future is in the rails, not I-84.
  11. Time to vote him out, he's too content and entrenched in his office. Need someone who will at least try and deliver things for us.
  12. NHL

    Like moving to Houston is really going to help matters? I'm not familiar with the Aeros, how well do they do for attendance and can they be something better than a minor league team? And let's face it, can many cities in the south be any strong hotbed for hockey, esp. if they aren't winning or contending for playoff places?
  13. New York is a massive economic power, which Boston can not rival. How many people would be willing to commute two hours to New York vs. two hours to Boston? Even here in Thompson, there aren't that many people who commute to Boston. Too far outside 495. How many people 65 miles from Manhattan go there every morning? The other thing is, the best rail connection between Hartford and Boston would probably end up going through Springfield. Massachusetts can't even get Worcester to Boston straight or in a timely manner. So unless Mass. and Conn. decided to build an entirely new route going from Hartford to at least Framingham...
  14. Two new proposals for Norwich Hospital/Utopia site

    Haven't heard much about it lately. To be honest have not been paying attention. But well, wouldn't be surprised if there was no news at all. Preston by now should be known for it's lack of desire to do anything.