Friday, March 16, 2012

Capitol West

Do you remember my post of Classy Smart and Manly?  The posters are on an abandoned office building adjacent to the Asylum Avenue exit off U.S. Route 84.  You saw it from another perspective yesterday.
This is one of the most visible spots for travelers passing through Hartford.  The windows from the building have all disappeared.  You can see straight through the building.  What a terrible first impression Hartford makes on visitors!

The Connecticut men's basketball team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament last night in a first round game.  They fell far behind in the first half and never could climb their way out of the hole they dug.  The women's team plays on Saturday.  I need to shift my loyalties in the men's tournament over to Ohio State.

22 comments:

Kate said...

First impressions obviously are strong, but obviously are not the best. Wise people withhold their opinions until more information is gathered. At least, that's one hope.

Too bad about Connecticut, but good to be flexible. Go Ohio State!

Steffe said...

I do remember that post. Too bad about the missing windows here. I hope you will be there with your camera when they take down the building.

Cathy Hudspeth said...

That's a shame - glad it's coming down! And the tourney will not be the same without Connecticut, but I'm cheering for the Lady Huskies!

joo said...

Hope it won't last long!

Luis Gomez said...

It is not a great view, but it is a wonderful image Jack. I like the angle and colors.

Cezar and Léia said...

Sad to see the building like it would be abandoned. I hope they can do all work in a short period of time.
Léia

Sharon said...

I was just listening to a description of that game on the radio this morning. Too bad!

Virginia said...

Oh we have far too many of the buildings in B'ham. Some are being renovated but not enough!

As for NCAA basketball, the only year I paid any attention was the year we did a pool and I had 10 bucks in it! Oh and the year Butler was there. We had a fabulous young man from our high school that was a key player, Ronald Nored.
V

Halcyon said...

Kansas plays tonight. I hope they won't make any big mistakes, but if they do I'll have to look for a new team to root for as well. :)

PS: Do you know what they're going to do with this space once the building is gone? I hope something nice!

JM said...

Yesterday I saw an ugly ruined building here I haven't noticed before and it must be in such a state for ages! With all I've posted on decay you can bet this one wouldn't cause me a terrible first impression about Hartford. That's for sure! :-)

Sylvia K said...

There does seem to be so many buildings like this one in so many places these days! We certainly have our share here in the northwest! Hope they do something great with this one! Have a great weekend, Jack!

Sylvia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I certainly do remember that post Jack, lots of funny comments made me laugh as a result of that one. Not so funny this poor old building, but hey, we all have them. You wonder why it happens, guess people move on to bigger and better. Have a great weekend Jack.

RedPat said...

We all have things like that - there are a couple of houses like that in our neighbourhood where some developer must be sitting waiting for something. Even though our housing prices are very high and still rising!

cieldequimper said...

Eyesores are everywhere...

Honest Abe said...

Our town is on the decline but the buildings are not being torn down. They did that once and ran out of money.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think all towns need to think about the first impressions they give travelers from any direction. I agree this is not a good one.

Regina K said...

Shame that this is so visible for tourist. Good thing it will be coming down. What will be going up in it's place?

Louis la Vache said...

Shades of Detroit...
(sigh)

Michelle said...

I'm behind UK all the way! Respect the brow!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Sadly most towns have unattractive buildings or places that give a poor impression of the place we live. My local annoyance is the freeway from the airport to downtown. The freeway is the oldest in the Bay Area, is elevated so we can see all the ugly industry and train yards, and is bumpy as all get out. Makes me want a tall sound wall, preferably with boston ivy or wild roses. Maybe I should start a movement. Ha.

SRQ said...

I wonder if Hartford has a Community Redevelopment Agency to help eradicate such blight. You're right -- it does not make a good first impression. Why, oh why, would you shift your loyalties to OSU when Michigan State is going to take it all?! Come to the green side, Jack! It's not too late.

Tash said...

It always makes me wonder how cities let derelict buildings stay up for such a long time. An empty lot would be better than that. I guess it just takes a future buyer of the site to plop down the money to take the building down.
Thanks for the insight on where the posters were located. My hunt can now continue... :O