We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We lived in a suburb near Bridgeport for a decade in the 80s. It is one of those places with a lot of geographic benefits - commutable to NY, Stamford, Greenwich, water access, wealthy adjacent towns, it's own regional airport. But, the inner-city side of Bridgeport is the challenge that has never been overcome. Those vacant lots are likely held by land speculators. Investors have been buying downtown Bridgeport properties for decades in the hope that it will become another casino town. They might be right....someday.
True, dw. The city was courting Trump and Wynn for a while, and magically a lot of East Bridgeport succumbed to the wrecking ball. However, Democrat administrations wouldn't be hoping that a casino would come rescue them, if their destructive environmental and taxation policies hadn't caused so much of the industrial tax base to flee, taking the middle class residential tax base with it. The meme is, "Look at all we do for the poorest members of society, we need more aid [Federal tax dollars]." After they chased away the best aid of all.
Next thing you know, someone's going to claim that the city tried to declare bankruptcy!