Stamford History and Culture
Present-day Stamford is the result of a major movement to redevelop the downtown, which started being discussed in the 1950s and finally broke ground in 1968. The redevelopment was quite successful, resulting in the decision of multiple companies to move their headquarters from New York City to Stamford, giving the city a strong economic base and urban core. As a result, Stamford has a more modern look to its commercial center than neighboring towns and has all the relevant amenities. Stamford has its own branch of Chelsea Piers, a 400,000 square-foot gym, with twin ice rinks for ice hockey and figure skating, an aquatic center with an Olympic-size pool, and squash and tennis courts. The Avon Theatre, an art-house cinema, shows independent films from around the world in a historic building. In warmer weather, Alive@Five is a weekly live music show in a local park, featuring well-known bands.