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Old Posted Jan 2, 2009, 2:28 AM
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HARTFORD | Connecticut's capitol city

Let's check out Hartford, Connecticut’s capitol city. We’ll cover downtown, the South End, and bits of the West End.

Starting on an unseasonably mild December 28, 2008 with lots of melting snow.

Farmington Ave on the West End, about half a mile from the city limits.


Farmington at Sisson




Skyline from Broad St


Close ups of the capitol building


“Attack on an Indian fort” (or "Puritains being A-holes")





Travelers Tower


Apartments overlooking Bushnell Park


Skyline from capitol steps


Lighten up, Francis




Connecticut statehouse




The one on the right looks like she’s playing baseball


Multi-purpose building on Capitol Ave




Wandering south of the capitol grounds
Russ St, from Oak St






Oak St






The rear of some apartments of Hungerford St


Oak approaching Park St, the neighborhood gets a bit grittier






Park St, one of the main commercial streets of the largely Puerto Rican South End




Squire St






Park St


Looking north on Wadsworth Street, from Park


Hudson St




From the basketball court at Chauncey Harris Park






Hudson St






Buckingham St


This area is the edge of a large surface parking buffer that separates downtown from much of the South End


Capitol Ave. This was a nice block, although it is only a block away from the grim scene on Hudson Street a few pics ago.


Downtown


Capitol Ave


Buildings on Elm St




Linden Pl


The edge of Bushnell Park, Hartford’s main downtown greenspace.


It is a nicely landscaped park. Hartford native Frederick Law Olmstead was busy designing New York’s Central Park so he had a buddy do Bushnell Park. Blanking on the guy’s name…


Chance of forest fires in downtown Hartford is LOW today, informs the Man-bear. Breathe easier…


EPA building




State capitol looming over the park


A brief tour of downtown on December 20th, 2008. It had been snowing all day, but I probably didn’t need to point that out…

Trumbull St




Travelers Tower


Main Street at Central Row


The Cheney Building on Main, designed by H.H. Richardson.




Financial Plaza area


Pratt St






Nice, albeit blurry, details. We should start putting things like heads and animals on buildings again.






Back lot on Asylum St


New tower, the tallest residential building in New England outside Boston.


A snowy Bushnell Park


Skyline from the west, on Broad St




Lawrence St, on the West End


Capitol Ave under I-84 ramps


Howabout a stroll around Bushnell Park on another unseasonably warm day, Thanksgiving Day 2007.




Connecticut’s tallest


Clinton Street, off the park




The capitol has grown on me. I thought it was a bit fussy looking at first, but I have surrendered to its gothic charm.







The oldest triumphal arch in the US, for those keeping score at home.


Jewell St


View from Elizabeth Park at Prospect Ave, the city’s border with the suburb of West Hartford


...and one random shot of West Hartford, cuz I have it.
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Old Posted Jan 2, 2009, 2:43 AM
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Nice!

and that arch is sexy!
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Nice pictures. I like how you mixed in pictures of building details.

I am confused about the tallest buildings, though. You mentioned a new residential tower as the tallest in New England outside of Boston, then a couple pictures later, you mention another building as the tallest in Connecticut.
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Nice pictures. I like how you mixed in pictures of building details.

I am confused about the tallest buildings, though. You mentioned a new residential tower as the tallest in New England outside of Boston, then a couple pictures later, you mention another building as the tallest in Connecticut.
Oops, I was vague about that. The new building is the tallest residential tower in New England outside Boston, the office building is the tallest in the CT.
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Nice! We don't see alot of Hartford around here. Travelers is a gem.
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I'm sorry I've never gotten off 84 to take a look at this place, but always liked the skyline. Looks like things are looking up for Hartford. You sure do get around!
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Great looking city. People underestimate Hartford.
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Nice! We don't see alot of Hartford around here. Travelers is a gem.

I agree. Nice to see the building details too, and I also agree we could use some of those old-timey details on new buildings. Great job as always Tt, thanks.
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Most extensive Hartford tour I've seen
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I've been wanting to see Hartford. Thanks, great photos!
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Very nice tour! Need to see more of Hartford.
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Great pics of my city!!! Sorry it was so gloomy on Dec 28 - must have caught the city between snow storms.

Very thorough thread as well as love the huge picture sizes!!

And Hartford is looking up ...well sort of. It was doing pretty well before the recession started to hit...but it has not been hit as badly as it could have been and hopefully the city will remain stable and ride it out
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Nice set. How big is Hartford?
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The City of Hartford has a population of about 121,500 and the Metro Hartford has a population of about 1,188,000
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you are right! we do need to start putting animal heads on buildings again... nude women statues are also high on my 2009 list for comeback architecture relics
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Halfway between New York City and Boston, excellent tour. This city has character for it's size and an excellent array of classic brick work along with the moderns.
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Cool thread. I'm humming the Whalers' theme song to myself as I look at these pics.
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I like Pratt St. You take awesome "bad weather" photos, 'Tubs!
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