With its low self-esteem and high urban blight, Hartford is the ultimate underdog city. Sad City Hartford documents the joys, sorrows and eccentricities of New England's Rising Star.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cruising Hartford

With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, it also marks the end of our favorite pastime, cruising the fine city of Hartford for some Sad City ghetto tourism. Cruising the city's neighborhoods is a great way to to get a feel for the city and to see some real, ehh, ummm, "interesting" stuff. The good news is that if you get a little tired, the city has thoughtfully left tons and tons of mattresses just laying around the sidewalk for adventurers to take power naps in! How nice.

Check out Jumper's classic video of cruising Hartford above.


Bring spare change and be prepared to be asked for cigarettes. Everyone in Hartford who looks like they might possibly have a job is going to get badgered for change for that mysterious "bus fare to New Britain." Also apparently it's 1954 in Harford and everyone is sucking down cigarettes like Coca-Cola because tons of people will ask you for a cigarette, even without a shred of evidence that you smoke.


  1. My friend and I were in the middle of an 8 mile run on Farmington Ave. When we stopped at the corner of Woodland a Farmington to wait for the light to change so we could cross, we were asked if we had any cigarettes. This experience begs so many questios, I don't know where to begin...

  2. My wife has a similar story from around Hartford Hospital, someone walked up and asked she and her colleague for "$2 for Aspirin." Her colleague said, "I don't have $2 but I have some Aspirin, just give me one second to get it from my purse..." and the woman said, "Nahhhhh Forget it!" and stomped off in anger!

  3. yeah- tobacco companies rain down cartons of cigs we'd all be good - and dollars rain from the sky to buy some "pain killers"

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