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  1. as someone born in fairfield county, and after leaving 27 years ago has worked half of those years in fairfield county, let me assure you that most people from fairfield county know more about westchester county than about hartford county or any other county in connecticut. my point? dont be surprised or offended by their "out of touch" ways. their focus is definitely on themselves and to the west, more now than when i lived there, and they feel like the state's focus for funding projects is decidedly on hartford county. ned is not immune to the county's beliefs. and check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Lamont
  2. This idea is brain dead. Not surprising in this state. Get the commuter line going new haven to hartford. now. I hear there is a railroad shuttle service from hartford to springfield. wow. what the F about the rest of us? Give new britain and newington a stop on the raii commuter line (I believe the tracks go through both). and provide plainville, southington, west hartfdord, farmington, avon, simsbury, rocky hill, cromwell, glastonbury, etc. buses running every ten minutes 6 to 8:30am and 3 to 6pm. and make them non-stop. forget town to town to town. who wants to take 30 minutes on a bus to traverse 10 miles?. We already have roads. we don't need another one and if people will use the buses, the highways will be much less used so again, why build more. The mayor of new britain is only interested in making his town a hub.
  3. i heard from a tenant at 55 that dolce is moving to main street.
  4. thanks for the clarification. on the commuter line side of things, it boggles my mind that there is waterbury to bridgeport metro north service, but not hartford to new haven; but then, it always has.
  5. improving rail service linking Hartford and Springfield with Amtrak's main Boston-to-Washington route. i've never thought that this was a major reason for the project. it's supposed to be a commuter line (like metro north), no? we already are on an amtrak line.
  6. if the nhl did something radical, such as create a league that mirrors european soccer leagues, then the owners and places that want hockey teams will have hockey. imo, as long as the nhl wants to mirror the nba business, we will not have an nhl team here until all markets have been established to the point where all existing teams are within 100 hundred miles of each other and can no longer be protected against expansion. i think then that expansion would be redefined so nyc and boston would not have to be "protected" against a franchise in hartford. albany will have a team before hartford. montpelier will have a team before hartford. fairbanks will have a team before hartford. boise will have a team before hartford. i'm talking 23rd century. what else can you expect from a league that is dominated by television and cable interests; much like the nba. isn't it mindboggling that a team in a top 10 population center can lose 150 million in 3 years? but will anyone be surprised when they remain in phoenix?
  7. if you accept the story in terms of the moves being a terrible mistake business-wise for the league, then i wouldn't say that the teams outgrew their cities. hockey is what it is. the nhl is not mlb, nfl, nba ncaa football, ncaa hoops, pga. nascar, and more. it is beneath these businesses and should have stayed where they belong. want to see growth? x games, volleyball, moto, mixed martial. nhl hasn't outgrown anything in the last 20 years. it's right there with the rodeo. either you love it or it isn't on the radar.
  8. the abyss comment is the classic example of an insecure, parochial culture trying to protect itself against losing its identity to the dominant culture. many mideast muslim-state governments have the same issues; and rightfully so i might add. i have no problem with boston's issues, as long as they stay huddled and isolated where they are.
  9. well, i think you know that i couldn't agree more with you.
  10. ok, voice. i hear you. if i worked downtown, that would be different. the hbj said on 10/02 that the site was going to be a 150k sq ft retail and residential project, with 60k for retail and the rest for residential. the article yesterday says it is a 30 million dollar (20/10) retail/entertainment project. i think that is misleading. i don't believe that nitkin is getting 20 mill just to develop one-story retail buildings. the site did not somehow grow larger. can anyone clarify.
  11. can't see where 115 units of housing means much. the idea of towers is dead. 230 people are not going to make retailers flock to the site. there is a solid base of nearby office workers, conventioneers, and science center visitors to interest retailers. why would anyone want to live in this district. other than the wadsworth, science center, or riverfront, to get to anything you have to walk blocks through nothing. if i'm living in the city, i want to forget about my car. the idea of this retail area is unique. it can be the largest entertainment district in the state and will have a captured audience. gottesdiener has failed with retail. what does nyberg know about retail? nitkin's business has been mostly strip malls, so he might know more about retail than the other developers. i'm an optimist. if you guys want to complain about the situation, i don't blame you. but i'm going to watch and see what nitkin does. where is that engineering guy who says his company is doing something at constitution plaza? i'd like to hear his take.
  12. i have said in the past here that i don't think housing is important for front street. it might seem that living in an area overrun with drunken partiers from the suburbs and the convention center is desirable. but not to me. i'd rather live around the park and walk over to front street. hartford needs more retail and some different entertainment venues and i was hoping all of this could be at front street. if just that could go up and be successful, i would be happy. maybe it is time for more retail downtown before more will come to live there. with so many empty lots, there is plenty of room elsewhere for housing downtown.
  13. turned on 1410 am radio at 4 on friday afternoon and page said that mayor eddie had been on talking about new arena and hockey. page then said that gottesdiener was going to be on this coming week talking about the same, although he didn't say what day. i don't know when page is on exactly either. anyone know his hours on 1410? could be worth listening for.
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