I was born and raised on Long Island and I am now a Sophomore at Trinity College in Hartford. Like most Trinity freshmen, I was at first terrified of the city (they eat babies dontcha kno? ) but as I stopped talking to the preppie guys from Westchester and started talking to locals who worked at the school I stopped fearing the city less and started to enjoy it. I've recently taken an interest in the city and if all goes well I'm taking a class on its history next semester. I'm really disappointed that people in the burbs as well as at Trinity view Hartford as a nothing but a hellhole, most Trinity students are too afraid to walk to the supermarket on New Britain Ave. (a block away) and im considered to be somewhat of a nut among my friends because I walked from Trinity to Downtown. I think that once West Hartfordites etc. stop fearing Hartford and once the surrounding communities start talking to each other and acting regionally (God willing), I hope the city will improve.