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We heard a rumor that individuals in Hyde Park were less than enthusiastic about Bridgeport Coffee coming to the Hyde Park Art Center. The reasoning was supposedly due to Bridgeport's reputation as a discriminatory neighborhood. We feel the need to respond to this in a few different ways. First, the Old Bridgeport that spawned several Chicago mayors is a very different place now — particularly on the west side of Halsted, from which Bridgeport Coffee hails. New Bridgeport is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city of Chicago . Bridgeport is filled with people from every walk of life: artists, cops, teachers, students, office workers, plumbers, professionals, musicians, salespeople, and hopefully more baristas. Bridgeport Coffee is proud to have played a role in the transition to New Bridgeport. We opened at the corner of 31st & Morgan in 2004 — before ...