Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Open Issues: 53 Closed Issues: 1,780 Acknowledged Issues: 102
Watching issues created after: 2009-10-02

This watch area was created so members of the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association may report issues that affecting the image, physical condition, real-estate market position and effective management of our neighborhood. Participation is voluntary and welcomed.

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  • Motor Cycles Archived
    92 Atwater St New Haven, CT 06513, USA - Chatham Square
    This week, beginning approximately 6PM, approx. 5-6 motorcyclists are literally screaming through the neigborhood. They are driving very fast, driving down the wrong way on Pine St., riding on their back wheel(wheelies), burning rubber at intersections, and very loud.
  • Front Street New Haven, CT - Chatham Square
    ATVs and dirt bikes roaring up and down Front St this afternoon, an unfortunate rite of spring despite even state legislative attempts to crack down. Any word from the new Fair Haven sub-station sargenton efforts to confiscate the bikes so far this year. Seems a thin harvest so far judging by today's activity.
  • 80 Downing Street New Haven, CT - Chatham Square

    I don't get it: the public has presumably called in hundreds maybe even thousands of times now about the less than ten or so dirt bikes--they are the SAME bikes--ridden year-in, year-out with the same riders--that recklessly run at everyone pedestrians, cars, ride at and on sidewalks with children playing, joyriding at dangerously high speeds. In addition the public has: helped pass the new confiscation law passed in 2013 to address uninsured, unlicensed, reckless ridership(Sen. Martin Looney just sent me campaign lit. about it).

    And yet here we are in 2014: the same group of young adults and adults alike behaving badly with no consequence. Perfectly peaceful Sunday and then this. Is this problem *really* that hard to solve? Can we solve it once are for all so that NHPD can focus their efforts elsewhere? We know the bikes, what they look like, what decals they have, who the riders are and in most cases even where they live.

    Again, I don't get it. Happy 2014.

  • Bus Stop In Fron Of Ruppalo Manor. Ferry & Grafton St - Chatham Square
    Drug dealers and prostitutes are using the bus stop on Ferry & Grafton St as their headquarters.
  • Atwater And Chatham New Haven, CT - Chatham Square

    High speeds, completely reckless joy riding continues and has continued (sporadically) for weeks now. 3 young adult riders out at 7:30PM tonight, 9-18-13, barely visible in the night time hours to drivers and pedestrians.

    Also, one kid riding tonight has been riding his red and white dirt bike for weeks now with zero consequence to him despite my suspicion that it is known to many who he is and where he lives. A likely message he is getting from inaction is that he is above the law; not a good lesson to learn at any age.

  • 242 Front St New Haven, CT 06513 - Chatham Square

    No change, pedestrians walking on Front Street must still watch out for driver coming out of the condos near the intersection of Front with Lewis Street. The drivers are so intent on watching for cars headed north on Freont Street that they do not look at the sidewalk to their right.

    At the same time pedestrians must watch for drivers that do not stop at the Lewis Street and Front street, southern directed stop signs and drivers that do not stop at the badly positioned, north directed Front Street stop sign. A different ticket has been opened on the need for speed bumps or something else to get drivers to at least slowdown at these stop signs,

    This is an over all dangerous intersection that must be re-engineered. In the meanwhile the neighborly thing would be for the condo association to put up a sign to remind their residents to look for pedestrians, particularly children, to the right as they exit the parking lot.

    There is a community playground across the street.

  • 181 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    upwards of 40 dirtbikes/ATV flying down Lewis Street, on to Front Street, right by 20 children at the park. They find strength in numbers, too cowardly to try to terrorize children on their own. So tired of this game...
  • Front And Grand New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    A group of ATVs was tearing up QRP tonight. Very dangerous swerving in and out of pedestrians along the park. Police called.
  • Chatham Square Park New Haven, CT 06513, USA - Chatham Square

    I took a walk through our park this morning with my daughter. As I was walking along, I noticed that over half a dozen trees in the park have been hacked up, possibly killing them!

    These trees have had a lot of time invested in them through the Greenspace program, URI, the School of Forestry, and neighborhood groups through planting them and taking care of them. They shade our park in the summer and make it a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.

    And now some two bit hack (or group of said hacks) comes along and takes a shovel to the trees?! Do they know that the life of a tree flows through the bark? What is the point of killing our beautiful trees?

    Some of the trees have obviously been just planted while others have been in the park for years and are quite well established.

    What can we do about this?! Please New Haven Police, patrol this park at night! I have talked to the guys that hang out in the park during the day, as well as some neighbors who I saw about and none of them seem to know who is behind this.

    I love my neighborhood very much but sometimes it seems to do nothing but want to self-destruct. I just don't get it.

  • Other Archived
    155/153 Lombard St New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square

    The issues are blight and vermin. 155/153 Lombard St has absentee landlords who are allowing their property to deteriorate. Racoons and squirrels have been seen coming in and out of the house, where they have built nests, causing health and safety issues. The shingles are falling off the house making it not only unsightly, but attracting vermin to make nests.

    These issues are reducing the value of my home and the properties of owner occupied single and multifamily homes as well as any absentee landlord who might be taking good care of their properties.

    I work with Chatham Square Neighborhood Association, and am on the EDC of said organization. Several members of this organization and I have formed Fair Haven Forward. We are trying to make this neighborhood one where people will want to come visit, shop, live and work. But houses like this will keep good people away. Tenants and home buyers will look elsewhere. I know I wish I did! But I was told this problem was being resolved. Instead it has gotten worse.

  • Clinton Park New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square

    4 off-road vehicles tearing up the Clinton Ave. School fields afternoon of Sat. 4/5/14 Brazen riding on sidewalks and near kids' playgrounds. Disregard for safety all-around. Tired posting about this since nothing seems to change (although it seems the NHPD is doing their job here).

    Mayor, any thoughts? Or the scofflaws can have their way and disrespect the quality of life of the community. When taxes go up will this magically go away?

  • 1 Pine St New Haven, CT 06513 - Chatham Square
    If you are going to speed anonymously through New Haven, don't do it with your employers name plastered on your bright yellow bus. I've been home for 3 weeks now and have watched First Student Buses speeding well over 25mph posted limit both north and south on Front Street. 8:55-9:20 heading North, 1:30 ish, heading South, late afternoonish heading north. Our houses are built on SAND. Speeding over potholes and manhole covers causes them to BOUNCE and SHIFT. Craziness. I'll get video this week.