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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Life For Thee!!

There has been much commentary about the new state toursim slogan "Still Revolutionary." The internet being what it is, almost all commentary was negative and followed by the commentator trying their best to make a decent joke. Welcome to the 2012 news cycle.

Colin McEnroe did make the salient point that Connecticut doesn't have the history of being all that revolutionary. The best we were able to come up with was rechristening the much needed Hartford-New Britain Busway the "Revolutionary Road." Per usual, when it comes to slogans, we could take it or leave it. It's no "Sad City" but it's certainly not worth moaning about on Twitter all day. In reality, nothing is, it's nice outside.

But what does this have to do with a black iron fence?

The pictured fence is located at the corner of Buckingham and Main Street. There's a good chance you might not have ever noticed it or thought twice about it. It's just a little sliver of land at a downtown intersection. Today the City of Hartford owns this piece of land and there is talk of converting it into a park of sorts.

The very interesting thing about this otherwise nondescript piece of land is that until the late 80's or early 90's it was still owned by the British Crown.

That's the 1980's or 1990's. Up until about 20 years ago this little sliver of land was the last piece of Hartford controlled by the English Monarchy and hence, in some convoluted way, the final piece of Hartford's revolution.

Given the current popularity of HBO's Game Of Thrones can we now expect locals to rush to the site that and claim they are the rightful heir?


  1. Wow, did they actually fix that fence? I think a car crashed into it a couple years ago and it had been lying on the ground ever since.

  2. Wow i live right near by at 250 Main. What's the story behind the British crown owning the land?