Ward 7 Alder

Open Issues: 665 Closed Issues: 8,875 Acknowledged Issues: 650
Watching issues created after: 2009-08-19

If you would like to email privately: ward7@newhavenct.gov

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  • Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT - Downtown

    I watched a meter maid issue a ticket to a car that had just pulled into a space and fed the meter. When I pointed out their was still time on the meter their reply was "so there is"

    Giving tickets even when paid is why no one comes here anymore. This has got to stop. Refused to give any ID info, but I know what they look like and will start video recording of these activities. You are warned.

  • 743 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510, USA - Downtown

    How can we encourage cyclists to ride in the road? Maybe 'no biking' signs on the sidewalk?

    This has become a real problem.

  • 79 Court St New Haven, CT 06511 - Downtown
    The Court St bridge over the railroad tracks has no streetlights, and is very dark and can be treacherous, especially in winter when the road surface and sidewalks ice up. Maybe a light could be affixed to the bridge?
  • State Street (From Union Station To Bradley Street) New Haven, Connecticut - Downtown

    My bike commute from Upper State to the train station is a bit rough in the morning.

    It's pretty nerve-wracking to ride next to cars that are exiting/entering I-91. I'm worried that without being as defensive a rider as possible, I'm continually at risk.

    I would love to see a separated bike lane down this street easily connecting East Rock to Union Station. I know it's difficult because state DOT is a pain in the butt on these issues, but it would mean so much to me!!

    I think it would also add the following (please excuse the 'rant' format!):
    1) It would make less 'gung-ho' riders more open to ride this route and not drive long distances where a train were an option.
    2) There's plenty of physical land with the median to maintain 4 lanes of traffic, plus add two full bike lanes.
    3) Consolidating bike lanes together on the downtown side has the capability of creating a hospitable plaza area and thus make the businesses on that side of state more attractive to customers (plus more active street life = better place to bike/live/be).
    4) I feel like the land on the train tracks side has so much more potential than surface parking.

    I will try to add some images of what I'm thinking later.

    Bottom line:
    How do I set this project in motion? Thanks!!

  • 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/

  • 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!!
  • 708-740 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510, USA - Downtown
    Crosswalk needed by dog park, lots of speeding cars, buses, and trucks come flying through this intersection. Or something to slow them down, since no one gets tickets for speeding in this town.
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Church And Chapel New Haven, CT - Town_Green
    Rats have taken over the trash can and recycling can on the corner of Church and Chapel, right outside the Starbucks. They are out as early as 8pm at night, running between the two sewers and the trash cans.
  • 928 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510, USA - Town_Green
    Chapel Street between college and temple is an utter embarrassment. How does the city expect any businesses to stay open when we don't allow our guests in this city to be able to park and walk to the curb in a safe manner. This is an outrage and the city needs to fix this. It has been almost 2 weeks since the last significant snow and this roads is an utter disappointment.