05 July, 2009

Walking Around Stamford

Yesterday and Today I was "Out and about" downtown Stamford.
I actually met Joey K doing something similar, of course he looked tired, but well. It was his exercise thing.
Last time I saw him was in February at the Ferguson Library, he looked better and his spirits seemed up, but this is not why I am writing.
Stamford may have come a long way, but it has far to go. On this major holiday, Saturday, the Fourth of July, Target was open and people were going in and out. there were people in most of the open restaurants downtown. There were not a lot of people, but there were enough to make it seem okay.
How do I say this politely? Stamford is still a sleepy little town, with precious little activity downtown. Cove was busy, but downtown was quiet!
There was no activity to speak of either day except really the shoppers coming in and out of Target and the Burlington and the Mall.
The delis which service the crowds of people who work, but do not live in Stamford, were all closed.
This is a contrast to the night time on Thursday through Saturday, when the bars and clubs are open and it is some contrast!
Since I have come here some 20 or more years ago, Stamford has changed, but not that much on the weekends.
There really is very little to attract people downtown except the restaurants during the late afternoon to early evening, no events, no music, no art. This is sad.

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