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Old 06-11-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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Still trying to organize all the information we're getting from you wonderful folks, I think we're sold on somewhere in Downtown Stamford but still trying to plug in the right area. I know when it comes to cities like Stamford, there are the great areas but if you "cross the bridge" you're in the ghetto.

Our number one concern is safety. What are the areas to stay away from and what are the better areas/places to move to in downtown?

Wish I had a map with markers haha!

Thanks again!!
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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There aren't really any bad ghettos in Stamford. The Richmond Ave area is kind of crappy and I wouldn't personally live there. Most of "downtown" is nice and you may just want to see what fits you best area wise. Some places will be noisier/busier than others for instance.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: New England
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Still trying to organize all the information we're getting from you wonderful folks, I think we're sold on somewhere in Downtown Stamford but still trying to plug in the right area. I know when it comes to cities like Stamford, there are the great areas but if you "cross the bridge" you're in the ghetto.

Our number one concern is safety. What are the areas to stay away from and what are the better areas/places to move to in downtown?

Wish I had a map with markers haha!

Thanks again!!
Well IMO in Stamford the strip generally South of I95 between the highway and the water (Canal street, Pacific street etc) and to a lessor degree the Richmond Hill area if I remember right.

I think what you'll find more in that city is you might like a section more than another based on dining options walkability etc. Find Stamford Town Center on a map, and draw a 1/4 mile circle around it to the North, East and West. That should be a good starting point. Not to say other parts are bad, I just think that's more of the "active" part. To the North it gets more burb like.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Well IMO in Stamford the strip generally South of I95 between the highway and the water (Canal street, Pacific street etc) and to a lessor degree the Richmond Hill area if I remember right.

I think what you'll find more in that city is you might like a section more than another based on dining options walkability etc. Find Stamford Town Center on a map, and draw a 1/4 mile circle around it to the North, East and West. That should be a good starting point. Not to say other parts are bad, I just think that's more of the "active" part. To the North it gets more burb like.
What about all the development Harbor Point has done south of 95, anything good or is it all still somewhat shady?
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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What about all the development Harbor Point has done south of 95, anything good or is it all still somewhat shady?
I work in the Harbor Point area of Stamford and it is still shady. The cops have been doing a better job of patroling the area-even during the middle of the day-but that's a testament to the amount of crime that's still here. Driving around the area you can see "gangstas"-guys standing on corners and porches in the middle of the day, trying to look intimidating by staring you down, and probably waiting for their customers who want to buy drugs to arrive. I cannot count the number of times I've seen arrests made outside of my window at the same strip of projects and local corner store.

Definitely do not live in this area if you want to walk around your neighborhood. It is not safe and there are consistent reports of stray bullets being fired.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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I work in the Harbor Point area of Stamford and it is still shady. The cops have been doing a better job of patroling the area-even during the middle of the day-but that's a testament to the amount of crime that's still here. Driving around the area you can see "gangstas"-guys standing on corners and porches in the middle of the day, trying to look intimidating by staring you down, and probably waiting for their customers who want to buy drugs to arrive. I cannot count the number of times I've seen arrests made outside of my window at the same strip of projects and local corner store.

Definitely do not live in this area if you want to walk around your neighborhood. It is not safe and there are consistent reports of stray bullets being fired.

Wow. Is that just south of 95 or all of downtown? Was also looking at a new complex north of downtown just a tad, think its called parallel 41?
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Wow. Is that just south of 95 or all of downtown? Was also looking at a new complex north of downtown just a tad, think its called parallel 41?
No, this is not all of downtown. Only south of 95. The area around the mall, Bedford Street, and up to Long Ridge/High Ridge roads isn't bad. I have acquaintance who lives in the area where Parallel 41 is located and he rarely uses his car--walks to the train, stores, restaurants, etc. He has no big concerns about crime over there.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The Harborpoint area is in transition. The properties there are too valuable to be shady any longer and it is changing with all the new buildings going up. To avoid any problems stay east of the Rippowam River. Areas to the west are also a bit shady. The location you are looking at is excellent, right near everything and very safe. Jay
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Southwestern Connecticut
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Transition is the key word. 5-7 years from now it'll be excellent, very walkable, the shady people will be driven out by further development, rising property values and hence rising taxes and rents. I those who own remaining homes there will be bought out by developers in order to knock that stuff down and build new. But you'll have to put up with remaining but dwindling instances of crime.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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The Harborpoint area is in transition. The properties there are too valuable to be shady any longer and it is changing with all the new buildings going up. To avoid any problems stay east of the Rippowam River. Areas to the west are also a bit shady. The location you are looking at is excellent, right near everything and very safe. Jay
Know anything about the new apartments popping up - Parallel 42 and the Harbor Point places? Any recommendations?
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