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In the early 21st century, Bridgeport has taken steps toward redevelopment of its downtown and other neighborhoods.In 2004, artists' lofts were developed in the former Read's Department Store on Broad Street. It is the largest city in the state and is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound.Located 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx.(It has since been blasted through for construction of an expressway.) The Golden Hill Indians were granted a reservation here by the Colony of Connecticut in 1639; it lasted until 1802.(One of the tribe acquired land for a small reservation in the late 19th century that was recognized by the state.In September 1978, Bridgeport teachers went on a 19-day strike due to deadlocked contract negotiations.
The English farming community became a center of trade, shipbuilding, and whaling.
Restructuring of heavy industry starting after the mid-20th century caused the loss of thousands of jobs and residents.
Like other urban centers in Connecticut, Bridgeport suffered during the deindustrialization of the United States in the 1970s and 1980s.
Now a major junction for western Connecticut, the city rapidly industrialized.
Following the Civil War, it held several iron foundries and factories manufacturing firearms, metallic cartridges, horse harnesses, locks, and blinds.