Ward 7 Alder

Open Issues: 665 Closed Issues: 8,888 Acknowledged Issues: 640
Watching issues created after: 2009-08-19

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  • Church Street New Haven , CT - Town_Green
    I park in the lot at Tower Lane and walk to work every morning. The sidewalk in front of Tower One Tower East has not been plowed at all and there is a tree limb down on top of the snow. The sidewalk on the Church Street Bridge is a large sheet of ice as well. This is very dangerous. Can these sidewalks be salted or possibly re-plowed?
  • 243-253 State Street New Haven, CT 06510, USA - Downtown
    There's no great places to play chess outside downtown. Lets build some seating and a chess board for this island!!
  • 341 381 State St New Haven, CT 06510, USA - Downtown

    why do so many people push the walk signal and then walk through the intersection anyway? i find it happens especially at this intersection in the evening.

    i understand that as a time-saving measure, people walking through an urban environment might just take the path of least resistance. but, in the long run, i think it only increases the number of agitated drivers grumbling at red lights, ready to "make up for lost time" by speeding and running lights down the road.

    (in appleton, WI, i saw great walk signals that were more specific to where you were crossing, and didn't just stop the traffic on all sides every time...)

  • 1178 Chapel St New Haven, CT 06511, USA - Dwight

    The amount of speeding and red light running at this intersection is obscene.

    Cars are speeding past at rush hour more than 20 MPH above the limit, amidst crowds of pedestrians and other vehicles. The red light signal is not obeyed.

    It is only a matter of time before a driver loses control and kills or injures several people, as has happened recently at similar intersections (like Crown & College). The very poor pedestrian visibility at the corners, inadequate lighting, and use of line crosswalks rather than the more effective zebra-style crosswalks, only makes matters worse.

    Can some police enforcement be added here as a temporary fix, up until the time that the intersection can be rebuilt to a higher standard? Is it even possible to stop red light runners here?

    Ultimately, the intersection should be redesigned, like many in other US cities have been, so that travel at more than 15 miles per hour becomes uncommon. I've posted details on similar issues in New Haven about how raised and tabled intersections have been widely used in cities like Boulder, Cambridge Massachusetts, etc.. They have been proven to be extremely effective - not to mention much more cost-efficient than regular police enforcement.

    Given that this is in the heart of campus, if Yale University is serious about making sure that students, staff and faculty are not continuing to get injured and killed every year, it should consider pushing the city for a redesign as soon as possible.

  • traffic Archived
    speeding traffic; 9 out of 10 drivers disregard pedestrian walkway; stop sign or light needed
  • 87 Church St New Haven, CT 06510 - Town_Green

    A crosswalk is needed at Center & Church to prevent the current, inevitable amount of jaywalking. This represents a major gap in the city's pedestrian network.

    It would also encourage pedestrian activity, particularly for the retail shops along both sides of Church Street. If properly designed, a new crosswalks could also help reduce the high speeds along Church, which are far too high.

  • 243-339 State Street New Haven, CT - Downtown

    The City has a plan in place which puts riders of the trail on State Street without protection. There is an alternate plan that would take patience and harder work to find funding by the City but it would be worth it.

    Here's the plan that Chris Oszyck proposes:
    http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/farmington_canal_greenway/

  • 360 State Street New Haven, Connecticut - 770 Chapel Big
    I recognize that this is not a 'city' issue, but it is a 'community' one. It has to do with a decline of Elm City Market. I find it to be the least reliable store I've seen. Whomever is in charge of ordering and inventory needs to be placed in a more suitable role. And whomever is in charge of ensuring that employees are responsive to customers needs a similar new placement. I've had enough of not finding things in stock and having employees chat with one another as opposed to dealing with customers. The way it is going, the place will be closed in a year or so just because of mismanagement. And that will be a bad thing for the 9th Square and Wooster Square. Can we get an intervention?
  • State St At Olive Street New Haven, Connecticut - Downtown
    This intersection was a million times more efficient, safer for pedestrians, and non-rage-inducing before these GOD AWFUL camera lights were installed. (Maybe they have their place in certain locations, but it seems like every intersection that has been changed to camera lights is way worse now than it was before on a timer system)
    1. light is always green on State St. If you are on Olive/Grove or turning off State you will wait forever, watching all of two cars go by on State.
    2. Pedestrian cross walk takes equally long to change. By the time it finally does, the person has long since given up on it and just crossed anyway. I felt much safer as a pedestrian when this light followed a regular, predictable pattern.
    3. Right lanes on Olive and Grove should be right turn only, and I believe used to be. The absolute worst is when you want to turn right, but have to sit at this interminable red light because some dummy is sitting in the right lane.
    I, and others I know, have complained directly to the transportation dept. before to no avail. Just hope this can be improved in some way.
  • 87 Union Street New Haven, Connecticut - Wooster Square
    Friends of Wooster Square organized what turned out to be an unexpectedly HUGE clean-up of Union Street Dog Park (the sidewalk and gutter were full of leaves). The leaves are carefully contained and ready for pick-up. Thanks to Dog Park volunteers for their hard work, and the Parks Department for helping us help to keep our city beautiful.
  • 86 Temple St New Haven, CT 06510, USA - Town_Green

    The heated bus stop in front of the Kelly House on Temple Street is being consistently used as a homeless camp, with a half-dozen regulars there almost every night.

    Nothing against the homeless, but the hygiene is getting worse and worse. With the urine smell so bad, I can't imagine anyone is still using this bus stop during the day.

    Quite surprised that the Town Green or Operation Nightlife hasn't addressed this problem. Can someone please help? This isn't an occasional occurrence; instead it's night after night after night.

  • Chapel And Olive Streets New Haven, CT - Wooster Square

    The designation is this way for west-bound traffic, and it works well. Why is it not already for east-bound traffic? The current arrangement encourages aggressive drivers to push in front of cars in the right lane, before the lane ends (immediately). I have seen many people push the light to get in front, and create problems for west-bound.

    Thank you.