“Numerous buildings that … were considered the pinnacle of size and design have … vanished. Some have been replaced by other buildings. Others are now parking lots that leave no immediately observable trace of the architectural treasures that once stood there.
Hartford is an interesting city. Like many similarly sized metropolises, it had a glorious heyday from the late 19th to the early 20th century, and since then has gone through a frustrating number of stalled attempts at a glorious renaissance. Some of those dreams have died.
I split my childhood between two land-locked states. Each was very beautiful in its own way, but there was no fresh lobster, no fish drawn that morning from the sea, and while both states had various bodies of water, I can’t remember even one dining establishment that incorporated a view of the water into its ambiance.
Speaking of excessive drinking, The Daily Beast, with data from market researcher Experian Marketing Services and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, named Hartford-New Haven the sixth most drunken “city” in the country in 2012, with 16.
This year we decided to do something a little different. In the past, we've done an overall ranking of towns, plus rankings in general categories such as education, economy and quality of life. This time, we're getting specific—because what makes a good town varies wildly from person to person.
A lot has changed with the magazine (and the world) since then, but one thing has remained constant—our annual Best of Hartford readers’ poll. Every year we ask you, our readers, to tell us what you like best about the region—your favorite restaurants, athletes, cupcakes, car washes, pizza, politician, you name it.
Sometimes,thingsall just come together. We had already planned to focus on “green living” in our April issue, including stories on green homes, tips on being more environmentally friendly and profiles on the green efforts of several Hartford-area corporations.