According to the Courant, business at the seedy motels along the Berlin Turnpike is not good.
I grew up in Newington, so I know the motels. They’re part of the scenery on the town’s busiest road. They were there long before the turnpike became the home of Wal-Mart, Circuit City and the like. Many of them predate I-91, built during the days when Route 5 was the major artery connecting Hartford and New Haven. The motels hung on by their fingernails even when the interstate took a lot of their traffic away. I counted, once, years ago, and picked out sixteen of them from the start of the Turnpike in Wethersfield down through Newington. I don’t remember if that included the ones in Berlin and Meriden.
A Berlin Turnpike without its sketchy motels would be a very different place indeed.