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The Green

Produced, Written & Directed by Kenneth A. Simon

Broadcast Premiere: April 2001, CPTV

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The Connecticut Town Green …

 For nearly 400 years, the town common has been a treasured part of civic life - -providing state residents with an historic sense of place.

Next, THE GREEN

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The green is a central part of most Connecticut towns … a hardy survivor of 400 years and a powerful symbol of classic New England civic, social and religious virtues

JEFFERSON DAVIS: There are particular parts of Connecticut that are essential to our sense of being and greens are absolutely a part of that.

ANN SMITH: I think the town green is the place that sums up the community’s sense of itself.

JOHN DEMOS: This is where we come together to kind of reaffirm our most basic values and commitments to one another.

DALE PLUMMER: Greens are somehow symbolic of our democracy, of our kind of‑New England's way of life, our tradition of town meetings.

NARRATOR: More than an icon, the green remains for many towns the heart of their community.

Some of Connecticut’s 172 greens are in the middle of cities, some in the countryside. Some anchor residential neighborhoods, others busy town centers. Some towns have several greens, others have none.

Yet, despite their remarkable survival, the history of these public spaces is often misunderstood, reflecting four centuries of changing usage and attitudes.

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