Face the State Flashback: the Skyscraper Boom that Never Happened
November 29, 2012

At the end of the year it is customary for analysts, politicians and reporters to make economic forecasts for the year to come.   25 years ago this week, one of the most thorough and dogged journalists to ever work at Channel 3 did just that.    Our business reporter Jim Vicevich took a pulse of the economy, and told our viewers what to expect when the new year of 1988 was rung in.

In this Sunday’s Face the State Flashback,  you’ll see Jim reporting on a bright future for the state and Metro Hartford.  The economy was booming, in fact G. Fox was enjoying its best holiday season in years and shoppers were streaming in and out of Sage Allen.  

Developers gushed to Jim over their plans to build skyscrapers in 1988.    One of them would have been the tallest building in New England.  There were no fewer than eight skyscrapers proposed for downtown Hartford.   For more on what the city would have looked like, read this : http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/what-hartford-might-have-bee/

Where are those future landmarks now?    And no one has shopped at a G.Fox or Sage Allen for many years.

As part of our flashback, we are also joined by author and historian Wilson Faude, who explains what happened after Jim filed that report.   He also talks about his new book, “The Hidden History of Connecticut,”  and shares his thoughts on the state’s new tourism campaign and what more could be done.

Tune in this Sunday at 11 AM for Face the State, only on Channel 3.

UPDATE:  Watch the segment right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8018159

Face the State Flashback: The G. Fox Era Comes to an End
December 21, 2011

Nostalgia for a lost Connecticut holiday tradition has been running high this year thanks to pictures making the rounds on Facebook and in the media promoting an upcoming program.    We’re talking about the legendary G. Fox department store in downtown Hartford.      It closed 19 years ago, and the name G. Fox faded into the history books.

This Sunday in our Face the State Flashback, we’ll go inside the store courtesy of the Channel 3 archives.   Dan Kain filed a fascinating report on September 11, 1992, the day May department stores announced it was closing the landmark, the last department store in downtown Hartford.    Dan’s report, part of a half hour special report by Eyewitness News on that dark day,  recalls the glory days of G. Fox, and we hear from then Senator Chris Dodd, who talked about what G. Fox meant to him.

We are also joined by Elizabeth Abbe, of the Connecticut Historical Society, who has researched G. Fox, and is an authority on the subject.

You can watch the entire flashback this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State, only on Channel 3.  Due to the fact Sunday is Christmas Day, we are granting viewers a special dispensation to DVR the broadcast!


You can catch Abbe’s talk on G. Fox on January 10th.   Contact the Connecticut Historical Society for more information.


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