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Old 01-06-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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I am a 25 year old single male and I'm current resident of Bridgeport that previously lived in Stamford and I love this place. Everything is cheap, its a huge melting pot, if you're physically active there are tons of things to do, the beaches are great and you're 10-15 mins away from Stamford, South Noralk and New Haven. I understand that statistically that crime is high in but Ive been living here for almost a decade and have no fear of jogging around my street at night. I know its not the prettiest city to look at but its still a great place to be. Does anyone but me actually like Bridgeport?

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Old 01-06-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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What neighborhood do you live in?

Plenty of people like Bridgeport. My brother lives in the North End, and really likes it. But I think certain neighborhoods are bad, and it's bad if you have kids because the schools are awful.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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I think Bridgeport has come a long way, but when compared with New Haven and Stamford (due to proximity), it still has a long way to go. But I do think the future for Bridgeport is brighter than say Hartford.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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What neighborhood do you live in?

Plenty of people like Bridgeport. My brother lives in the North End, and really likes it. But I think certain neighborhoods are bad, and it's bad if you have kids because the schools are awful.
I live in the North End also lol. Yeah certain neighborhoods are bad but thats in any city (Stamfords Custer st area and Merril Ave area as examples). Yeah admittedly I wouldn't raise kids in Bridgeport either but if you're single or a couple without little ones its a great place to be.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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People judge Bridgeport by what they see from I-95. They do not see the stunningly beautiful Seaside Park or St. Mary's by the Sea. They do not see the nice neighborhoods like Black Rock, the North End or Beardsley Park. It is a shame since it is an interesting city with a lot to offer. Jay
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:49 AM
 
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I think Bridgeport has come a long way, but when compared with New Haven and Stamford (due to proximity), it still has a long way to go.
I've lived in this general area my whole life, and i'm positive that its best days were in the Ganim years. To go a step further, i honestly feel that the city is less safe today than it was when the murder rate was triple(~60) what it is today. Back then(~'90), the crime was much more segregated into specific areas of the city. You knew to stay away from Father Panik/Marina Village/P.T. Barnum. You knew to stay away from Stratford/Newfield Avenues. You knew not to venture down East Main south of Boston Avenue(Rt.1).

Today, it isn't nearly as easy to identify a handful of areas to stay away from in the city. The element has spread substantially throughout the city. Specific examples that i've noted over the years have been the rapid deterioration of East Main north of Rt.1, and the Reservoir/Chopsey Hill neighborhoods. Sad.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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People judge Bridgeport by what they see from I-95. They do not see the stunningly beautiful Seaside Park or St. Mary's by the Sea. They do not see the nice neighborhoods like Black Rock, the North End or Beardsley Park. It is a shame since it is an interesting city with a lot to offer. Jay
Scratch the Beardsley Park area now, Jay.

Trust me, i know what i'm talking about.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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Stratford , Ive hung out and been in every area of Bridgeport many times and from what I've noticed is that unless youre looking for problems there wont be any. I mean it isn't really sparadic robberies and random killings that cause crimes in Bridgeport its usually a case of criminal on criminal attacks or things of the case. I mean there are outliers and a lot of random people get caught in situations they had no part in creating but for the most part it isnt like you cant walk down any street in Bridgeport and you have to be scared of some dude robbing you for your sneakers. Its like that in any city, if you mind your business and don't walk around like an easy target , there's nothing to worry about.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Stratford , Ive hung out and been in every area of Bridgeport many times and from what I've noticed is that unless youre looking for problems there wont be any. I mean it isn't really sparadic robberies and random killings that cause crimes in Bridgeport its usually a case of criminal on criminal attacks or things of the case. I mean there are outliers and a lot of random people get caught in situations they had no part in creating but for the most part it isnt like you cant walk down any street in Bridgeport and you have to be scared of some dude robbing you for your sneakers. Its like that in any city, if you mind your business and don't walk around like an easy target , there's nothing to worry about.

You have a valid point. But, it doesn't inspire confidence when you drive through areas that used to be "clean" and now you see "activity" going on. It's just easier to take your(my) $$$$ somewhere else to spend. That doesn't benefit the city. At all.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Bridgeport has an image issue, but a lot of that is due to its core character. Yes, there are wonderful neighborhoods and I often recommend Black Rock to anyone young looking to rent in the area. I have a few friends that live in the North End and close to Fairfield and like it.

The problem is the urban areas that define the character of the city are mostly very rough. Bridgeport and New Haven are close in crime, but they are very different cities aesthetically. While New Haven downtown and the Yale area has an abundance of gorgeous architecture and is relatively clean with well paved roads, Bridgeport has rough roads, a trash problem, and a ton of abandoned or blighted property. Since that blighted property is so visible from 95, it really hurts the perception of the city.

But if you drive in/around downtown Stamford, New Haven, even Hartford - there's a big difference. And like it or not, those central areas define a city's character for outsiders. And Bridgeport is just a lot more rough around the edges.

I do believe Bridgeport could be completely transformed if the empty buildings and factories and lots were redeveloped, but it's such an incredibly huge task that we'll be talking about the "what if's" for decades to come.
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