Stamford: Creating a Liveable City in the Shadow of Gotham

You'll learn about:

  • Lessons learned about reengineering Stamford’s Downtown and South Side neighborhood’s economic and public transportation efforts – what worked and what didn’t 

  • Ways in which Stamford has been a leader in developing a more livable and sustainable downtown and connecting to a highly successful reuse of industrial land into housing and retail uses

  • The importance of connecting the natural watercourse into a major draw for citizens and businesses to live, work and play


Before 9/11/01, Stamford was a charming, small New England city with a local economic base, a historic downtown, a university campus, beautiful residential neighborhoods, and a short commute to New York City on I-95 or Metro North. Since 9/11/01, Stamford has become a boomtown, as the area around the Stamford Transportation Center, which has served as a historical barrier between Downtown Stamford and the South Side neighborhood and has become a preferred relocation site for major business firms that also seek nearby housing and other amenities for their well-educated, young professional employees. Thus, Stamford is now a city with new energy, stakeholders, resources, opportunities, and needs, including the need to plan in light of these new social and economic realities.