What has and hasn’t changed in Bridgeport

LLocated at the southeastern end of the region, Bridgeport is part of Fairfield County but broke away from it.

While the rest of Connecticut’s so-called Gold Coast and other urban areas like Stamford and Norwalk prospered economically, for many years it seemed that the state’s largest city and former manufacturing center was always a few steps behind.

That didn’t mean no economic progress, just slower economic progress. But investors have and are discovering Bridgeport, as are new residents.

Between 2010 and 2020, the total number of people who call Bridgeport home increased from 144,410 to 148,654 according to the US Census.

Some of the structures were brand new, but in other cases city officials have focused on the salvage and restoration of historic buildings.

That means the city’s footprint hasn’t changed significantly in many of its neighborhoods, while other areas — like the former Steel Point peninsula between Interstate 95 and the port — have seen some pretty drastic changes.

The Connecticut Post has examined whether and how certain neighborhoods have changed over the past 30 years.

General Electric/Harding High School

General Electric’s sprawling campus on Boston Avenue, with its 13 interconnected five-story buildings, was a major employer for Bridgeport and the region. Built in 1915 by Remington Arms Co. to manufacture guns during World War I, it once employed more than 20,000 workers.