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City Poised To Take Scarred Buildings For Development

November 24th, 2015 · 9 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Remgrit building

The former Remington Arms plant building in 2014 following another fire. CT Post photo Ned Gerard.

From Hugh Bailey, CT Post:

Bridgeport is poised to take possession of the former Remington Arms factory, including the iconic shot tower, on Barnum Avenue after reaching a settlement on a longstanding bankruptcy proceeding. The century-old buildings on the site are adjacent to the property planned for the city’s second train station, and are considered vital to Bridgeport’s transit-oriented development plans.

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The Times Are Changing

November 23rd, 2015 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Where did eight years go for Bill Finch? And where did 12 years go for Joe Ganim? Strange as it seems, in one week Finch ends his mayoralty and Ganim commences a historic encore albeit a resumption from 2003. When Ganim receives the oath of office Dec. 1, he will tack on to his standing as the second-longest serving mayor in city history. Ganim became mayor in his first run when he was just 32 years old in November 1991.
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Blumenthal, Murphy Call On Obama To Leverage Executive Authority To Reduce Access To Guns

November 23rd, 2015 · 6 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined 22 of their Democratic colleagues today in urging President Obama to use his executive power to eliminate a loophole that they assert allows individuals without a federal license to conduct gun sales at gun shows and over the internet without conducting background checks. Letter follows.
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Supporters Serenade Finch As He Segues To Life’s Next Chapter

November 22nd, 2015 · 65 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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Mayor Bill Finch listens to supporters at Dolphin’s Cove. CT Post photo Autumn Driscoll.

Friends, supporters, politicians attended a sendoff for Mayor Bill Finch Saturday afternoon at Dolphin’s Cove in the East End, a short distance from the Steel Point redevelopment area featuring anchor tenant Bass Prop Shops that was recruited and opened on Finch’s watch. Nov. 30 will be Finch’s last day as mayor after eight years in office.
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Ganim: We Need Everyone Now–City Wars Series Captures The Historic Moment Of Voter Redemption

November 20th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Some people can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Then there’s the right place, right time. It happens in politics, it happens in journalism, it can also happen with filmmakers. Just ask Don Sikorski. For the greater part of the year Sikorski and his film crew have been shadowing Joe Ganim in part on a leap of faith that something dramatic would transpire in his comeback bid. Sikorski’s camera chronicled a number of dramatic events in the course of the campaign involving crime, neighborhood forums, debates, as well as primary and election nights in the first installment of his City Wars series that he hopes becomes a national collection capturing the underbelly of cities in America.
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Ganim Transition Task Force To Conduct Public Forums Monday And Tuesday

November 20th, 2015 · 12 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Mayor-elect Joe Ganim announced on Friday his transition taskforce will conduct public forums regarding six areas of public policy under review, the first Monday, 7 p.m. at Geraldine Johnson School, 1375 North Avenue at Lexington Avenue and Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Jettie Tisdale School, 250 Hollister Avenue.
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OIB Poll: Rate Bass Pro Shops As A Development Achievement

November 19th, 2015 · 17 Comments · Development and Zoning

Where does the opening of Bass Pro Shops place as an economic development achievement?

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Reel Fun, Traffic Jam Hooked On East Side, Bridgeport Bass Pro Shops Opens To Thousands

November 19th, 2015 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Bass Pro Morris, Finch

Bass Pro Shops store manager Loretta Mercado, company founder Johnny Morris and Mayor Bill Finch cut the ribbon for the grand opening. CT Post photo Brian Pounds.

Thousands of enthusiastic customers Wednesday night flooded the opening of Bass Pro Shops, the anchor tenant to the Steel Point redevelopment area of the East Side more than 30 years in the making, outgoing Mayor Bill Finch’s economic development legacy. Bass Pro is an incredible 150,000-square-foot indoor experience for its “Outdoor World” featuring fishing, boating, camping equipment, clothing lines, a restaurant and even an aquarium-like bowling alley.
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