According to existingcountries, Bridgeport is the largest city in the US state of Connecticut and has a population of about 140,000. The city is the county seat of Feairfield County and is a kind of center area known as Greater Bridgeport. There is a subway line to Bridgeport, which is part of the New York subway. Bridgeport is the center of the 41st largest metropolitan area in the United States. Near the city there is an airport offering mainly regional flights.
The city is known as the residence of the famous circus founder and later mayor PT Barnum. He built three houses in the city, in which his numerous circus staff lives during the winter. Bridgeport was originally part of the city of Stratford and boroughs like Black Rock and Brooklawn used to belong to the city of Fairfield. Bridgeport was located between the existing towns of Stratford and Fairfield.
Due to its location near Newfield Harbor, the city supported the development of shipbuilding and in the first half of the 19th century also whaling, which lasted until 1840, when the railway was opened here. The city then developed rapidly and at the end of the 19th century was already a well-known production center. The famous Bridgeport cutters, prams, sewing machines, saddles, ammunition, bras and brass fittings were made here.
In the middle of one of the poorest parts of the city, in the past, there was an old unused industrial area. Half-dilapidated halls stood on ten hectares, the only inhabitants being rats and criminal elements. The neighborhood itself was not repaired, the original owners did not report to the area. However, some factories operated near the campus and there was also a high school and a college nearby. Therefore, a revitalization project was proposed and the necessary money was raised. Part of the funds came from private foundations, part of the public revitalization program was also provided by the city. Police cleared the incriminated area of unwanted visitors, then repaired. The result is a sports complex with basketball courts, softball courts, football and volleyball. There is also a newly opened theater stage in the complex. The area is open to the general public, used by nearby schools for their own needs.
There are two major parks in the city – Beardsley and Seaside. A statue was erected in Seaside Park in honor of Elias How, who built a sewing machine factory here in 1863. Another statue in the park belongs to PT Barnum, who lived in Bridgeport until 1846. Many luxurious residences of wealthy people grew up around the park. Cedar Creek Lake is located near Seaside Park. Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey Club operates in the town.