Regional Prototype

Bridgeport is an opportunity to find strength at the water’s the edge and to reconnect the urban core to the city’s neighborhoods. To do this the city can be a place of exchange and a city of peninsulas. The coastal ecology and economy exist because of the exchanges that are only possible at this juncture. Along the other axis, transportation infrastructure, utilities, and information networks link Bridgeport to regional markets and centers.  At the most extreme, sea level rise and the influx of waters from the sound that are projected to periodically inundate the coast will reveal the geography of Bridgeport to consist of “peninsulas and islands,” just as New Orleans or a Dutch polder can be characterized as a “bowl.” Islands are the areas of high ground along the coast that will remain dry, while peninsulas are the upland areas separated by riparian corridors.