Now that we're post-chimp, here's some slightly less unsettling news: they're opening a Starbucks on the West Side in the former Bongiorno's plaza. Here's the Advocate article.
A new Starbucks usually means that an area is already pretty decent or has just turned the gentrification corner, so I'm not sure about this one. There isn't a lot of housing in the immediate vicinity, and the surrounding areas are industrial and lower-income, so it seems somewhat speculative and/or forward-looking.
Speaking to that prospect, the city's economic development director said, "The growth potential on the West Side is ever more evident," which I guess is a good sign. Despite the numerous holes and dead spots, there's only so much land in Stamford, so developers will have to start expanding their reach into the areas where they can actually afford to build, like the South End and West Side.