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Ok_Huckleberry6820 t1_iu2x3hh wrote

It was just a small town,by today's standard.


Squirts_Faygojizzer t1_iu4qqah wrote

By today's standard, Hartford is still quite small. Detroit is damn near 8x the size of Hartford, for example.


Ok_Huckleberry6820 t1_iu5a2nb wrote

Yes, I agree. It has a very small footprint, and you can be out of the city and into something like country in minutes.


IGameOnMac t1_iu45u07 wrote

For reference New Haven had 86,000 people and Bridgeport had 48,000. Hartford had 50,000. Even Waterbury had just 25,000, the rest were way smaller.


TheOkayestName t1_iu4dpv5 wrote

Probably a lot safer, especially near the Mark Twain house and where the Webster theater is today..


National_Attack t1_iu49mrn wrote

It’s incredible that they just built/paved over the river that cut through hartford. You wouldn’t even know it ran through the middle of Bushnell park of old maps didn’t exist.

Infrastructure is one of those things that is necessary but we look in hindsight at the true effectiveness vs other options. It seems a lot of the old politicians in charge of city planning in Hartford neglected to see the impact cutting 91 and 84 would have on the culture and livelihood of the city. They effectively killed growth in Hartford with one blow.

Really sad, but I guess “Hartford has it!” Right?


Squirts_Faygojizzer t1_iu4qa21 wrote

The Park River is tunneled. It still (sometimes) flows into the Connecticut River


IGameOnMac t1_iu6h395 wrote

Today I learned Hartford actually had a river flowing through it


B6304T4 t1_iu8x1kb wrote

You can thank Beatrice Fox for the 91 and 84 interchange (satans anus) running directly through downtown Hartford.


Malkor t1_iu4ck9a wrote

I love these old maps.