Neighborhood: East Side

Bridgeport Tornado of 1876
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Bridgeport Tornado of 1876

Bridgeport's 2010 tornado was not the first tornado the city ever had.  A tornado tore apart parts of Bridgeport and Stratford 136 years ago.  The storm had an eerie resemblance to our 2010 tornado, moving quickly and as suddenly as that storm hit and on a ...

November 30, 2013
Father Panik Village:  the Place Where Dreams Refused to Die
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Father Panik Village: the Place Where Dreams Refused to Die

By Britney Murphy On December 22, 1939, Father Stephen J. Panik, proudly addressed the audience attending the groundbreaking ceremony for Bridgeport’s first public housing project. The erection of what would become Yellow Mill Village was the culmination of years of hard work on the part of ...

Neighborhoods
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Neighborhoods

Bridgeport  has often been called a "City of Neighborhoods."  There are commonly used designations for the various areas of Bridgeport, each neighborhood historically attracting immigrants from a variety of ethnic groups.  What has become the city of Bridgeport is the mixing of citizens who moved here ...

The Ghost of Pembroke Street

One hundred and forty-nine years old and Orator Jim O’Rourke still kneels on deck in his turreted Pembroke Street home behind windows dark muttering seven syllable adjectives over his Bridgeport empire of Jersey barriers fitted to blockade suburbanite drug trade on the Park City’s East Side O’Rourke watches his Newfield neighborhood brood a hobbled ghost too where no one                                        plays New England Rules on the pavement ...

Unhidden Public Policies:  Could Historic Redlining be the Reason Bridgeport’s Neighborhoods Remain Racially Divided?
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Unhidden Public Policies: Could Historic Redlining be the Reason Bridgeport’s Neighborhoods Remain Racially Divided?

By Chelsea Gazillo Have you ever wondered why some neighborhoods in Bridgeport have more wealth than others? The disparity between the wealth held by residents of different neighborhoods in Bridgeport – often correlated with the racial composition of each neighborhood – were not created by chance. ...

Walt Kelly: Creator of Pogo
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Walt Kelly: Creator of Pogo

By:  Mary K. Witkowski, Bridgeport City Historian Cartoonist Walt Kelly, who created the comic strip "Pogo," about a group of swamp animals that discuss politics, developed his talent as a young man here in Bridgeport. Born Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. in 1913 in Philadelphia, Walt Kelly moved with ...