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Rank: Civic Crusader Civic Points: 485
  • 55 Foote St New Haven Connecticut - Monterey Place
    I don't know whether the responsibility for wayfinding at a polling place falls on the city's Registrar of Voters or on the local party apparatus, but whoever it is, it seems like they're not even trying. The only wayfinding for the Wexler-Grant gym, which is only accessible through the side entrance, was a little "no campaigning within 75 feet" sign on the gate. (Once you got to the side entrance there were a few paper 8.5x11 "vote here" signs.) 3 out of 3 people I saw who parked in the lot tried the (locked) front door first; they were clearly having trouble finding the actual polling area, which is way off to the left in this photo, through the gate. An older woman leaning on a cane asked me where to go, and when I pointed the way, she responded, annoyed, "I have half a mind to turn around and go home." Couldn't really blame her. In fact, the only indications from the front of the building that you were in the right place at all (besides the "75 feet" sign, which as you can see from the photo is basically invisible until you get much closer) were the police cars and the campaign signs. But you shouldn't have to be a detective to figure out where to cast your ballot. So, New Haven registrars and Democrats: If you think that state elections count, please *act like it*.
  • 67 Sachem Street New Haven, Connecticut - Prospect Hill
    East-west (Sachem St) traffic is constantly waiting at a red light while there are no cars on Prospect St as far as the eye can see. The max length of the E-W green light is also pretty short, and the sensor that determines the length of that green light is SUPER aggressive -- if there's a bike, or even too much a gap between cars, it goes right to yellow/red, and everyone coming from Sachem St just has to settle in for another interminable wait until the next green light.
  • 103 Whitney Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Yale University Campus

    The city web site states that "Bikes park free on all City of New Haven parking meters." But when the parking meter coin collectors come by, if a bike is in the way of them collecting the change, they will just wrench it around to the other side of the meter -- whether or not doing so damages the bike. For a securely locked bike, this kind of treatment is going to damage the spokes, brakes, and possibly even the wheel. Today, my seat post was wrenched about 20 degrees clockwise, so that's just how I'm riding for the rest of my day until I can get home to fix it. Since I never know when the collectors are going to come by (seems to be a different day of the week every time), there's no good way for me to plan for this. It's the equivalent of doing street sweeping at random intervals and using a bulldozer to remove any cars that are parked on the side of the road.

    This seems to be a department-wide policy because it's been done to my bike by multiple meter coin collectors over multiple months. I have video of the most recent event from my business's atrium security camera. (10:10 AM today on Whitney just north of Trumbull, in front of Escape New Haven.)

    Possible solutions:
    - Publicize a meter coin collection schedule (similar to street sweeping)
    - Instruct meter coin collectors to *just leave it* (and flag for later follow-up) if they can't access the coins without manhandling someone's bike; create accountability so that this isn't just a policy in name only

    Non-solutions:
    - Remove parking meters as on option for bike parking in New Haven. (There are not enough bike racks.)
    - Tell bikes to park on the street side of the meter. (Ever seen a bike wheel that looks like a pretzel because a driver let their trunk go over the curb while they were parallel parking? I see it all the time in New Haven.)

    I've also just left a voicemail about this issue at your office.

  • Winchester Ave New Haven, Connecticut - Newhallville

    Someone at the City of New Haven thinks it's okay to provide <24 hours notice to move cars in even-side street parking spaces. After posting notices around midday Thursday, cars were towed from the even side of Winchester Avenue in the early morning hours on Friday. No EONP for Winchester Ave was posted on this web site (based on my search for "EONP + Winchester").

    I guarantee that if the department in charge of posting EONP signs had to pay even 1/3 of the same-day retrieval costs for every car towed -- out of its own departmental budget -- they'd be infinitely more conscientious about providing ample notice to residents before seizing their primary means of transportation and holding them hostage on the other side of town for large sums of money.

    This one's for the Board of Alders: Let's institute a towing cost-sharing policy policy ASAP, or at the very least mandate 24 or even 48 hours' notice. <24 hours' notice is unacceptable.