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Old 04-26-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Looks like Bridgeport is an up and coming town. Did you check those places to live out?
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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Well, the Ct. Post is located in the city of Bridgeport, so it doesn't surprise me that they see the glass as half full rather than half empty. Downtown Bridgeport has had some new businesses move in, but I still don't care to go there after dark, after having recently been there and witnessed firsthand it's "up and coming" progress. Even the article pointed out that the progress has been slow:

Despite his success providing affordable, attractive housing units downtown, Anderson has found it difficult to fill retail spaces in the three buildings. "The retail market has been very tough," he said, "but everyone else has been going toward lots of vacancies and we've been slowly getting people in."
So far, the Main Street Pharmacy, a Citibank branch, clothing store GumDrop Swap and eateries Amici Miei and Fraiche Burger are the only retail tenants in Anderson's three buildings. A photography studio, an ice cream shop and a cupcake store are scheduled to open soon.

Downtown Bridgeport under construction - Connecticut Post


Those new stores have no appeal to me at all. But good for them, any progress at all there is better than none.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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Bridgeport has always tried to be up and coming and NEVER succeeded...wishful thinking. How about cleaning up the crime to start with...



This is an excerpt from that article as well:

"The rocky economic climate has slowed that progress significantly over the last two years. Funding sources are scarce, leaving developers to scramble to get projects -- some announced with fanfare years ago -- off the boards and into the ground. Compounding the problem is the reluctance by commercial and retail enterprises to invest in a new venture."



I wonder if someone is a Bridgeport developer on here trying to sugar coat Bridgeport?
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Well, the Ct. Post is located in the city of Bridgeport, so it doesn't surprise me that they see the glass as half full rather than half empty. Downtown Bridgeport has had some new businesses move in, but I still don't care to go there after dark, after having recently been there and witnessed firsthand it's "up and coming" progress. Even the article pointed out that the progress has been slow:

Despite his success providing affordable, attractive housing units downtown, Anderson has found it difficult to fill retail spaces in the three buildings. "The retail market has been very tough," he said, "but everyone else has been going toward lots of vacancies and we've been slowly getting people in."
So far, the Main Street Pharmacy, a Citibank branch, clothing store GumDrop Swap and eateries Amici Miei and Fraiche Burger are the only retail tenants in Anderson's three buildings. A photography studio, an ice cream shop and a cupcake store are scheduled to open soon.

Downtown Bridgeport under construction - Connecticut Post


Those new stores have no appeal to me at all. But good for them, any progress at all there is better than none.
Actually, in the economic climate we have had for the last two years this is very good. Money for any kind of retail venture is hard to come by and those that had previous funding were either cut or canceled. don't get me wrong, Bridgeport has a long way to go, but it is heading in the right direction. Jay
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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It's a shame both the Kuchma and the Jayson Building got delayed (I'm not even too sure if that project is still on). The redone mall looks absolutely fantastic though, I really hope that they fill those spots with unique retail and more investors start to take the idea of Bridgeport seriously.

I know that this is an aside, Personally I would love to see a rezoning of the Peninsula between the Pequonnock and Yellow Rivers (below Barnum Ave.) that would expand the city centre eastward in the future. Any thoughts?

~Cheers
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Expanding the city center between the Pequonock River and Yellow Mill Channel is the goal of the Steel Point project. It seemed to be moving forward when the economy tanked but I understand it is back. I am not sure whether it will get built as planned but something will get built there. Jay
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Maybe they'll bring back Father Panik Village. I always thought that name was appropiate.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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Looks like Bridgeport is an up and coming town. Did you check those places to live out?
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Maybe they'll bring back Father Panik Village. I always thought that name was appropiate.
Well is it up and coming or should they bring back Father Panik Village?
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Well is it up and coming or should they bring back Father Panik Village?
I say an upscale FPV overlooking the Yellow Mill River.
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