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Old 12-31-2012, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Black Rock Turnpike and the shopping centers there were a nightmare today, as well as Christmas Eve.

Usually, I find a good way to avoid the traffic. It's possible to shop on Black Rock Turnpike while driving on it minimally. I come from the back of the shopping centers sometimes to avoid it.

That being said, the downtown is terribly congested a lot also. And it lacks the parking that BRT has. I also find that while the downtown is more quaint, BRT is more functional in terms of the type of stores located there. BRT is much better suited than the downtown to meet everyday shopping needs.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I've gotten stuck on BRT in slow traffic several times. That said, it's the price you pay for convenience. Most major shopping routes in the area are maddening. And like anywhere, if you're local you can take the path of least traffic.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Wilton2ParkAve is right. Black Rock Turnpike is nothing in comparison to the traffic on Route 1 in Norwalk or Milford. Black Rock Turnpike is not that big of an area. The shopping section is maybe 1 1/2 miles long so even if you hit traffic it is not a big deal. I have been driving through that area for like 30 years now and never had a serious problem. I do laugh when the locals complain about it though. They do not know serious traffic or really appreciate the number and diversity of the stores available there. Jay
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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We live just up the road from Lincoln Park and are very happy to be in Stratfield! We considered living by the beach but were able to get more for our money in Stratfield (we also considered University & Greenfield Hill but overall, liked Stratfield and the beach neighborhoods the best).

Here's what we love: awesome, friendly neighbors; space (we're on .5 acres) but not TOO much space; close to where my husband and I work; TONS of families with little kids (though you could make that argument everywhere in Ffld); great school (our daughter is a kindergartener at Stratfield and she and we are very happy thus far); uniformly nice houses with charm and character. My husband is a runner and loves that the area is hilly, as well.

I suppose it is considered the "lesser" side of town, but as someone who is not from CT, I had no idea that that was the case and actually fell in love with the neighborhood (that whole charm and character thing) while driving through all of Fairfield. That was 7 years ago, just before we bought our first house. When we were ready to move to a larger (and more expensive) home, we looked all around town (see above neighborhoods)--and chose to remain in Stratfield. Carrie
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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We live just up the road from Lincoln Park and are very happy to be in Stratfield! We considered living by the beach but were able to get more for our money in Stratfield (we also considered University & Greenfield Hill but overall, liked Stratfield and the beach neighborhoods the best).

Here's what we love: awesome, friendly neighbors; space (we're on .5 acres) but not TOO much space; close to where my husband and I work; TONS of families with little kids (though you could make that argument everywhere in Ffld); great school (our daughter is a kindergartener at Stratfield and she and we are very happy thus far); uniformly nice houses with charm and character. My husband is a runner and loves that the area is hilly, as well.

I suppose it is considered the "lesser" side of town, but as someone who is not from CT, I had no idea that that was the case and actually fell in love with the neighborhood (that whole charm and character thing) while driving through all of Fairfield. That was 7 years ago, just before we bought our first house. When we were ready to move to a larger (and more expensive) home, we looked all around town (see above neighborhoods)--and chose to remain in Stratfield. Carrie
Thank you so much for your input! It definitely helps to hear that since I've been fed a lot of "Stratfield area is worse" stuff before.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Thank you so much for your input! It definitely helps to hear that since I've been fed a lot of "Stratfield area is worse" stuff before.
Anyone who says this knows nothing about Fairfield or is a real snob whose opinion I would not trust. Stratfield is a beautiful neighborhood and probably nicer than some of the so called more elite areas of town. Jay
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Anyone who says this knows nothing about Fairfield or is a real snob whose opinion I would not trust. Stratfield is a beautiful neighborhood and probably nicer than some of the so called more elite areas of town. Jay
That's exactly what I think.
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