Bijou Square key to downtown revival

There was something in the air in downtown Bridgeport Wednesday night, almost as tangible as the smell of freshly baked pizza or the sounds of live music performed by some of the city's top musical acts. Read more
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Ben Dover

Waterbury, CT

#1 Jan 13, 2008
What a bunch of BS,,,,Nobody in their right mind are going to patronize downtown Bridgeport, especislly st night..The typical person from the Suburbs knows the reputation the city has and they would not risk their lives to go downtown for a meal or drink...Its not like Hartford or New Haven folks...Bpt is dead from the top down, strickly a 9 to 5 town...and thats a Fact!
Brion

Paterson, NJ

#2 Jan 13, 2008
Ben Dover wrote:
What a bunch of BS,,,,Nobody in their right mind are going to patronize downtown Bridgeport, especislly st night..The typical person from the Suburbs knows the reputation the city has and they would not risk their lives to go downtown for a meal or drink...Its not like Hartford or New Haven folks...Bpt is dead from the top down, strickly a 9 to 5 town...and thats a Fact!
If suburban folks risk their lives (every day) to go buy drugs in Bridgeport.......

Why would they not want to participate in something legal?

Stop trolling!
Paco

New Rochelle, NY

#3 Jan 13, 2008
The Arts do not bring money into a city especially Bridgeport which has little else to offer. Bridgeport was built during the industrial revolution. Obviously those jobs are gone but the new ones do not make up the difference in income that people made back then. Those people moved to the suburbs and now their kids are in different industries and on the whole have no interest in Bridgeport. Ten years from now I guarantee there will be very little if any improvement in the quality of life in the city. Source:Born and raised in Bridgeport and environs. First hand knowledge of the inner workings of Bridgeport government and politics.
Bridgeport

AOL

#4 Jan 13, 2008
Paco & Ben Dover (cute name) If you knew what you were talking about I would be sad but neither of you have a clue and are reflecting on a Bridgeport of 2o years ago or on what your parents told you.Ben for your info Hartford is a 9 to 5 city having worked there for the past 15 years i can tell you by 6PM you could fire a gun on Main syreet and hit noone because noone is there. Paco the only life in New Haven is because of yale University, Go to downtown new Haven in the summer and tell me what you see.You both should take a better look at Bridgeport at night.
Lin

United States

#5 Jan 13, 2008
I knew it... I knew it...
Some of you just have to take the low road and tear down a positive article. Bridgeport's bad reputation is a direct result of people like you.
c m h

Newtown, CT

#6 Jan 13, 2008
I hope so, when I was a young girl the stores were open til 9 on Thursday nights. It was a treat to walk Main Street with my Mother and Father and shop. My first job as a teenager was as an usher in the Majestic Theater (it was great). A few months ago I drove down Main Street and the tears came to my eyes to see the place I had such great memories of look like a war zone. It will be a blessing if downtown Bridgeport can be like that again.
pwilson

Newtown, CT

#8 Jan 13, 2008
For the past 25 years, how many "KEYS" have there been to "UNLOCK" downtown revival?
And how many keys have been lost?
Paco

New Rochelle, NY

#9 Jan 13, 2008
Quite simply in order to spend money in downtown Bridgeport people have to have money to spend. The saying "starving artists" is for a reason. Have you ever heard of the saying "starving factory workers" NO!
The city government just wants dollars brought in for development without any interest in the future and just to make their legacy at the present moment look good just like Ganim did.
Joel Gonzalez

Randolph, NJ

#10 Jan 13, 2008
This Development is really being planned properly and not just as a stand alone project or business. I remember spending 2 weeks in Cleveland Ohio back when the new Cleveland Browns Stadium was being constructed. It was winter and my friend took me out to the club district. I believe it was called the flats, a 2 block stretch of clubs and bars on both side of the streets. I was jumping with folks who would jump from club to club. I had never seen crowds like the ones on the flats. Every club worked together to entertain and keep the party goers active and in the flats.
I hope Phil Kuchma and his partners are as succesfull as the flats. Folks better not complain about the crowd's noise. "Hey, look. they opened a new boot store". It's not a boot store, it's a Bar Restaurant!
Joel Gonzalez

Randolph, NJ

#11 Jan 13, 2008
True pwilson. But,(here comes that but again) Phil Kuchma and his partners are Professional locksmiths. They will create the right keys and if they get lost, they'll use the back up keys.
pwilson wrote:
For the past 25 years, how many "KEYS" have there been to "UNLOCK" downtown revival?
And how many keys have been lost?
pwilson

Newtown, CT

#12 Jan 13, 2008
Joel Gonzalez wrote:
True pwilson. But,(here comes that but again) Phil Kuchma and his partners are Professional locksmiths. They will create the right keys and if they get lost, they'll use the back up keys.<quoted text>
I hope so. I still have some hope left for the city. Remember, my family lived here for many years. It is so hard to be optimistic when politicians have empty promises to offer for the past 30 years.I wish them success.
Bridgeport Guy

Meriden, CT

#13 Jan 13, 2008
Phil Kuchma and his buddies are a bunch of con artists. All they have done is force more businesses out of the city in favor of luxury housing that is unaffordable for city residents. The only jobs they have created are at moronic theme restaurants serving yuppie fake food like Two Boots. The owner of Two Boots should go back to the city and take his friends with him including our sleazy Mayor Electric Bill Finch
Pat

Rocky Mount, NC

#14 Jan 13, 2008
Growing up in Bpt Loved going to Main st on Thursday nights. Now living in NC and coming back, few times a yr makes me so sad to see what has happened there. My first job in 63 was also at The Majestic, now it is all boarded up, what a shame
BPTs BEST

Hyde Park, NY

#15 Jan 13, 2008
u sure are negative
Paco wrote:
The Arts do not bring money into a city especially Bridgeport which has little else to offer. Bridgeport was built during the industrial revolution. Obviously those jobs are gone but the new ones do not make up the difference in income that people made back then. Those people moved to the suburbs and now their kids are in different industries and on the whole have no interest in Bridgeport. Ten years from now I guarantee there will be very little if any improvement in the quality of life in the city. Source:Born and raised in Bridgeport and environs. First hand knowledge of the inner workings of Bridgeport government and politics.
BPTs BEST

Hyde Park, NY

#16 Jan 13, 2008
well u don't know much, you sound real stupid, the arena and baseball field which are both downtown have thousands of people from the Suburbs visting them, so again mind your business
Ben Dover wrote:
What a bunch of BS,,,,Nobody in their right mind are going to patronize downtown Bridgeport, especislly st night..The typical person from the Suburbs knows the reputation the city has and they would not risk their lives to go downtown for a meal or drink...Its not like Hartford or New Haven folks...Bpt is dead from the top down, strickly a 9 to 5 town...and thats a Fact!
BPTs BEST

Hyde Park, NY

#17 Jan 13, 2008
and what is your point??
pwilson wrote:
For the past 25 years, how many "KEYS" have there been to "UNLOCK" downtown revival?
And how many keys have been lost?
greatvoice23

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Jan 13, 2008
AS AN ARTIST AND MUSICIAN WHO'S HEARD IT ALL BEFORE, I WILL TAKE THE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC APPROACH. I AM A CYNIC, AND HAVING BEEN BURNED BY THE NON-SUPPORTIVE FRYING PAN IN THE PAST, I HOPE I'M RIGHT THIS TIME. I'M TRYING TO GET INTO TWO BOOTS, WITH EITHER ONE OF TWO BANDS I SING WITH; MY GROUP, MD3, ANT THE BERNADETTES. TWO BOOTS CAN'T GO WRONG WITH EITHER. I WILL RESERVE MY OPTIMISM UNTIL I ACTUALLY HIT THAT STAGE BEFORE A PACKED HOUSE. MICHAEL DUNHAM 2006-2007 BEST SOUL SINGER NOMINEE, FAIRFIELD COUNTY WEEKLY.
nlhinct

Paterson, NJ

#19 Jan 13, 2008
ok, you nay sayers, you are savy with a computer so go to www.bridgeportct.gov scroll down the left side to the fourth box and click on the four year accomplishments in economic development and transportation initiatives. There you will find all the projects under construction in Bridgeport, those in the pipeline and those that have been completed in the last four years. Over two billion in private investment. Over $100 million is completed with new residents and businesses.
Then if I haven't tired you all out, go to www.bridgeportmasterplan.com and see if you agree with the comprehensive way the city is going about inviting future private investment. Mr. Kuchma (all of Bijou Square and so much more), Mr. Anderson (City Trust) and Mr. Hartman (Two Boots and the new Bridgeport Cinema under construction not only have vision but they are putting their money where their mouths are. So get with it and support your hometown. If you want a tour, call the City or BERC and they will take you around like those trolly tours that happened in early 2007. But first do your homework and look at these websites. Test in the morning.
Signed: one of the 80 new residents of City Trust, market rate tenants that is.
Paco

New Rochelle, NY

#21 Jan 13, 2008
The track record for Bridgeport is not good. The Bluefish almost folded. The Fairfield University men's team can not draw flies.The fact remains that the city may be under a revitalization era but honestly the jury is still out. I hope for the best but I have been around almost 50 years so I will need alot of convincing.
nlhinct

Bridgeport, CT

#22 Jan 13, 2008
Paco wrote:
The track record for Bridgeport is not good. The Bluefish almost folded. The Fairfield University men's team can not draw flies.The fact remains that the city may be under a revitalization era but honestly the jury is still out. I hope for the best but I have been around almost 50 years so I will need alot of convincing.
go look at that four year report of accomplishments. See the section of completed projects. See the section on all of those crappy neglected buildings that are now restored due to the pounding by the City and $100/day fines that Fabrizi's team put in. Yes the jury is still out and the City is at the tipping point but everyone who grew up in Bridgeport, or live here now need to be on the defense team. If you don't believe by actually going out and seeing this stuff is happening then you become part of the prosecutors table. It starts with you. All of you. Defend the City and then go on the offensive to show people what is getting done. There is lots to see, show and be proud of in the last four years. If you are still in the prior century get with it! Now if you want to help market the city, which is the Fairfield University crew team's and Bluefish issue, contact the BRBC and Bridgeport Chamber and help!

There are 80 residents in City Trust and over 100 residents at the Lofts at Lafayette that believe and are doing something about it, they are frequenting the restaurants, bars, entertainment, and just walking around enjoying the architecture. In case you missed it, the latest sale at the Lofts was $495,000 for a loft condo. Yup, it was featured in the New York Times. I kid you not.

In Black Rock, the Castle is now the Ash Creek Saloon. They had their opening tonite. Yup Ash Creek Saloon moved from Fairfield to Bridgeport and the joint was hopping!!!!! Oh thee of little faith.

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