I feel like twice a week I'm writing about what it's like to live in Danbury.
However, I am one person with one perspective, I know my routine, my kid's school and what is important to me. So, whenever other Danbury residents are sharing their opinion about the Hat City, I try and pay close attention to see how they view it versus how I do.
The Pros and Cons of Moving to Danbury from People Who've Lived Here
Recently, I saw a new Reddit post, in the Danbury group, where someone said they were moving to the area, and wanted the pros and cons. The post read: "Moving to Danbury: Just got a job offer in Danbury. What's the good and bad of living in or around Danbury? Any good day cares?" That post came from u/bazookadog and these were some of the responses from area residents:
Other than calling all the downtown areas "s---hole", and shouting ratings of "5" out for the schools, I'd say all the critiques are fair. Traffic is absurd, gang activity is not overwhelming but is on the rise and it's cold. The "pros" they laid out are also on point, Candlewood Lake, Mina's Carne, great shopping and tons of diversity.
What I love best about Danbury is that you can choose to live the city life or the country life in the same place. No, it's not a major metro-area, but the Downtown area will be comfortable for people who are familiar with city living and away from the Downtown area, there are some nice sleepy neighborhoods.
15 Ways to Say You're from CT, Without Saying you're from Connecticut
Depending upon the individual, CT could be great, it could suck, it could be pretty, it could be a dump. There are a wide variety of things people could take into consideration to develop an opinion on the Nutmeg or Constitution State (CT Is both). However, there are certain identifying markers that set the state apart from the rest of the country. There are things you cannot help but notice in Connecticut. A Reddit user asked others to "Say they are from Connecticut without saying it."
These are some of the great answers people came up with.
Inner Sanctum - Behind the Curtain on Danbury's Mysterious Free Masons
John Arizzi is the sitting Worshipful Master for Danbury’s Union Lodge #40 of the Ancient Free and accepted Masons. Arizzi described his role to me in layman’s terms, saying that in any other organization, he’d be called the President. This position is voted on every year by the group, and Arrizi has held the position multiple times. Arrizi was my tour guide into a world many people never see, the inner sanctum of Danbury's Free Masons.
The Danbury Free Masons meet in a building at 337 Main Street. The building was originally the Meeker mansion. The Meekers were the prominent Danbury family who ran Meeker's Hardware. It's worth noting, that a separate Masonic Lodge is headquartered in the same building, Lodge 39. Lodge 39 is originally from Georgetown, CT but when their member numbers dwindled, they sold their building and moved to Danbury.
Danbury’s Historic Little Red Chapel is Deliciously Out of Place for 2022
Given Danbury’s location, and its vitality during the American Revolution, there are historic structures, places and markings wherever you go. Sometimes these places can get overlooked, part of a landscape we pass on the way to the store, or to work. The Little Red Chapel is one of those places that locals are lucky enough to see, as often as they’d like. But It’s become a place, we now take for granted. In its day, it’s size may have been the only thing that made it standout but in 2022, it’s deliciously out-of-place.