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Old 07-25-2007, 10:04 AM
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I am considering a job change and relocation to a city in New England. Hartford seems to be the logical choice due to the large number of insurance companies. I grew up in the suburbs and plan to be a suburbanite all my life. Considering the traffic in the Hartford area, what sort of commute would I be looking at to go from a comfortable/safe surburban area to the downtown where the insurance companies are?

(I do know that some have suburban office locations)

If anybody has comments regarding other cities in New England (or NYC area) feel free to include them in this discussion.
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:21 AM
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I am considering a job change and relocation to a city in New England. Hartford seems to be the logical choice due to the large number of insurance companies. I grew up in the suburbs and plan to be a suburbanite all my life. Considering the traffic in the Hartford area, what sort of commute would I be looking at to go from a comfortable/safe surburban area to the downtown where the insurance companies are?

(I do know that some have suburban office locations)

If anybody has comments regarding other cities in New England (or NYC area) feel free to include them in this discussion.
There are a few comfortable/safe suburban areas just across the river from Hartford like Glastonbury, Manchester, and East Hartford to name a few. They all have pretty easy access to I-84 which would take you right into Hartford and are probably about a 15 minute commute (assuming you don't get stuck in traffic). Even if you go a little further out, if you're close to I-84, you should have a relatively short commute.
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I am considering a job change and relocation to a city in New England. Hartford seems to be the logical choice due to the large number of insurance companies. I grew up in the suburbs and plan to be a suburbanite all my life. Considering the traffic in the Hartford area, what sort of commute would I be looking at to go from a comfortable/safe surburban area to the downtown where the insurance companies are?

(I do know that some have suburban office locations)

If anybody has comments regarding other cities in New England (or NYC area) feel free to include them in this discussion.
These Hartford discussions might be useful, too: http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...6&postcount=57
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I'm pretty sure that Stars Hollow is a made up town, but are there any towns near Hartford that are at all like that? A typical sleepy New England town? Do I watch too much TV?
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I'm pretty sure that Stars Hollow is a made up town, but are there any towns near Hartford that are at all like that? A typical sleepy New England town? Do I watch too much TV?
I don't think too many of those exist nowadays, but towns like Glastonbury or Wethersfield would be pretty close to it.
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I'm pretty sure that Stars Hollow is a made up town, but are there any towns near Hartford that are at all like that? A typical sleepy New England town? Do I watch too much TV?
yes it is.
Are you looking for the quirky characters, the Town Hall meetings, or just the general look of the town?
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:58 AM
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yes it is.
Are you looking for the quirky characters, the Town Hall meetings, or just the general look of the town?
The Hardware store turned into a diner.

The town was actually based on a real town in CT that the creator once drove through. My wife owns the DVD series and there was extra footage in the first season that disclosed the name of the town. I will have to check that out again.
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Winstead looks similar to that, but the drive would be killer (well like a 45 - an hour on a good day). Prospect is another one, very small town, but again 45-an hour and you get to fight both Waterbury & Hartford traffic. Rocky Hill is another one like Glastonbury. 84 is less of what you want to worry about, for downtown Hartford 91 is where it's at.

There are more than that, but I'd have to think about it, those 2 "small towns" are just the ones I actually have experience with.
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The Hardware store turned into a diner.

The town was actually based on a real town in CT that the creator once drove through. My wife owns the DVD series and there was extra footage in the first season that disclosed the name of the town. I will have to check that out again.

Washington Depot, CT according to Wikipedia. It's out in Litchfield county (south of Winstead), no major roads even remotely nearby, mapquest says 1hour 15, but knowing the traffic on Rt 4 in the morning/night I'd say it would be closer to 2 hours to Hartford.
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