Stamford's Urban Renewal Project Takes Off

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 4, Pg. 82-87

Document Type: Feature article


Stamford, Conn. is one of the most fiscally sound cities in the United States. And a key reason is that over the past 13 years, it has become the home of 16 of the nation's largest corporations. During the 1960's, most of these corporations built campus-type headquarters in suburban areas of Stamford. But in the past several years Stamford has been trying to channel all new corporate headquarters into its central business district. Starting in 1960, the city began a program for massive urban renewal of its downtown. The project soon got bogged down in squabbles over relocating people and business. But things really got rolling by 1970. And since that date there has been a considerable amount of public investment and a major amount of private investment made in the downtown. Already, three major corporations have located downtown and more are expected. And a major closed-in shopping center, featuring seven levels of parking, is now under construction. Yet Stamford's future growth could be threatened by growing traffic congestion, worsening air pollution, and soaring housing values.

Subject Headings: Business districts | Corporations | Air traffic | Urban areas | Investments | Traffic congestion | Air pollution | Suburbs | United States

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