I stood in approximately the same spot and captured the same view. I
wasn't wearing anything nearly as fabulous as the woman in the hat,
though now I think I have my fall fashion wish list set.
But I was gazing toward Hope Street, and thinking about the neighborhood where I now live. So for my inaugural Stamford Scribes blog post, I thought I'd build a bit upon Mr. Bailey's Glenbrook musings.
Although Glenbrook has grown extensively in the past 73 years, "it is still a friendly little village and a place where one always loves to visit." I live here now, although I was barely aware of Glenbrook during the years when I was growing up across town.
Mostly, what I love to do is wander the streets of Glenbrook and just ... consider it. Much as Whitman Bailey has done in his sketch, and much as his subjects in the image seem to be doing as well. My favorite time to do this is in the evenings, just as it's starting to get dark, and the streets are quieter but not abandoned. In fact, Glenbrook evenings are characterized by a sort of quiet energy; I'm often out walking or running along with several other walkers (with or without dogs), runners, strollers, seekers of late-night doughnuts, take-out-dinner picker-uppers, and revelers at Monster B's. It's satisfying to wander the sidewalks of this friendly little village with its variety of happenings and its pockets of beautiful old architecture.
Sometimes I think that Glenbrook is Stamford's best-kept secret. Perhaps even Stamford's neighborhood of the future. It's a walkable village, after all, with sidewalk access to public transportation and just about everything else you need to live, play, and eat. (Even if you're a parrot!) Studies show that neighborhoods with high walkability are increasingly more valuable; they command higher real estate prices in many (most?) areas (except Stamford, apparently) and experts say that the future trends in real estate are toward the mixed-use, walkable village.
That's good news to me. And it's good news for Glenbrook, which I hope will be rising to the occasion. A long-range vision exists for Glenbrook and Springdale to enhance these livable, walkable villages. Is it a plan or simply a vision? That I don't know, but I'll be keeping my eye on it. The plan would bring the neighborhood back full circle to the view Bailey had of it, and the view I still see when I take my time to wander its streets.
I mostly hope the plans include bringing the obelisk back to Church Street.
Whitman Bailey sketch courtesy of the Stamford Historical Society.