City of New Haven Economic Development and Cultural Affairs PLUS

Open Issues: 597 Closed Issues: 3,606 Acknowledged Issues: 369
Watching issues created after: 2009-10-05

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  • 47-75 Trumbull St New Haven Ct 06510 USA - Yale University Campus
    Almost every day on my way to work from downtown to Yale's School of Management, I am nearly hit by a car. The northbound cars turning right from Whitney Avenue onto Trumbull Street do NOT realize that the pedestrian walk signal is on and that they must yield to pedestrians. When the pedestrian walk sign is on and I try to cross, the turning cars continue driving at me and drivers blow their horns and yell at me. Even more stressful than these antagonizing interactions is the knowledge that one day someone probably will be hit and killed/severely injured. Traffic signage MUST be improved to indicate that right-turning cars must yield to pedestrians, or the pedestrian walk light should be rewired to only turn on when the Whitney Avenue light is red. Perhaps clearer cross-walk lines should also be instituted. This intersection is heavily trafficked by employees and students every single day, so I exhort the City to make this a priority.
  • 410 Woodward Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Annex
    The trees in East Shore Park are in DESPERATE need of being cleaned of invasive and native species of vine which are growing well into the canopy of many of the trees. I would easily say that 95% of the trees inside the park along the areas of unmown lawn especially are affected. As well, two trees have been girdled by vandalism, with many more being girdled by invasives such as bittersweet. I understand the financial crisis of the city and the Park Departments decision to let the lawn go wild for the last two seasons prior to this one, but in doing this, invasives have come in and are scaffolding up most of the trees. This situation is approaching dire.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 42 Bishop St New Haven, CT 06511 - Bishop-Hine
    The part of Bishop Street from about the middle of it all the way to State Street needs repaving and the sidewalk curbs need to be raised at many points. We have waited too long for this, esp. given the increase in property taxes in the last couple of years.
  • 888 Grand Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Wooster Square

    As a female resident of NHV who has to walk down Grand Avenue every day, I've become exhausted by the loitering, intimidation, and harassment I face almost every day just going to and from work. I get watched going in and out of my apartment and followed, stalked by cars driving next to me down the street - nowhere else in New Haven except that street. Today was the final straw when one man in particular made it clear what his intentions were as he screamed at me when I walked by and I'm concerned I may see him again.

    The liquor store owners are amazing people and I have nothing but good things to say about them, but the people the store attracts has made Grand Avenue terrifying to walk down coupled with the few abandoned buildings and empty lots. The store is maybe 35% of the problem. the lack of policing is the rest.

    Please...PLEASE, can a police car be stationed here throughout the day and night? I see none. Ever. If I do, they're just driving through to get to somewhere else. I live so close to downtown that I want to be able to enjoy walking there with some sense of security.

    Thank you.

  • 934 Grand Ave New Haven Connecticut - Wooster Square

    Been thinking about this for a while - but this past weekend finally pushed me. Was painting my fence, which backs up to a building on Grand Ave, and nearly got peed on by someone who decided to urinate on the opposite side of my fence, not knowing I was there.

    Grand Ave between Olive and Jefferson is a drag on our neighborhood. Noise issues, drug use, littering, loss of businesses (looks like Olive & Grand Food Mart is shutting down) - it cuts right through our neighborhood and is an uninviting divider separating Lyon & William Streets from the rest.

    It's time to clean this mess up.
    Follow the Howe St model - not long ago, that wasn't a great place to be after dark. Now it's totally transformed.
    Put up cameras to curb illicit activity, and improve pedestrian confidence at night.
    Calm traffic and improve access by adding a bike lane (to connect with existing bike lanes downtown, and beginning on Grand Ave entering Fair Haven). Street parking - metered and/or resident.

    This would be a serious quality of life improvement for neighbors, and connecting just-out-of-downtown businesses to a growing downtown.
    Time to start a conversation.

  • 79 Hubinger St New Haven, Connecticut - Edgewood
    See what WTNH news today (4-23-2015) has posted about what Bridgeport is doing about dirt bikes and ATVs running wild around their town.
    I was blocked last weekend by one of these young men from traveling down Hubinger to my house so that he could do a couple of donuts and wheelies. What a bully. These are bullies and don't care about their neighbors at all. The illegal off road vehicles use 79 Hubinger St for their base of operations. They use an app to know where the police are at anytime. The police are being out smarted here.
    Just wait until one of them is involved in a serious accident. Its not if it will happen, its when. What if one of them hits your car? Your insurance rate will go up to pay for the damage.
    They do not own the hood, we, the taxpayers do!!!
  • 63 Spring Ave New Haven, CT 06519 - Hill
    Between 3-7pm drugs can be purchased right out of the front yard of 63 Spring Street courtesy of the new 2nd flr tenants! 3 Mexican gentleman 'post up' on the corner of Spring and Cedar, in the front yard of 63 Spring, and in a green velour chair between the houses that enables them to sit behind the bushes in the yard. They just moved in a couple of months ago and now have a booming business despite the woman and son who also live in the unit. Too many drug addicts/ baseheads are now found lingering on this corner at nite and early morning. (Thanks for all your advice regarding calling the police. I called the narcotics division and reported the problem over 2 weeks ago) I appreciate your comments, but would appreciate your vote alot more. Thanks
  • Interstate 91 New Haven, CT 06511, USA - East Rock

    There has been no update from the State or the City on timeline for opening the bridge which is long past due. Work has not happened in a while either.

    Small businesses on State Street are being effected by this and neighbors are not being kept informed.

  • 30 Lenox Street New Haven, CT 06513, USA - Fair Haven Heights

    "The smell will drive you crazy..."
    Uretek, a polyurethane manufacturing factory that is surrounded by residential homes and schools, consistently produces noxious chemical smells - especially at night. Driving or walking by, the foul odor can be overwhelming, and even blocks away, the fumes invade. The potential "danger" of these emissions is a serious concern, compounded by the billowing black smoke recently seen billowing from the factory, as well as the company's disturbing history of air pollution.

    “’The smell would drive you crazy,’ said Louis Lopez, a 44-year-old mechanic who has worked for Uretek since 1984.” In December 1986, The New York Times covered a controversial employee strike at Uretek Inc. Uretek workers walked off the job due to health and safety concerns, specifically regarding the solvent dimethylformamide, or DMF, which is used at the plant. They claimed that fumes sickened half of the 66 workers at the plant. Later, testing by Yale confirmed the damage: 36 of the tested employees had ''significant liver-function abnormalities,'' and ten were diagnosed with toxic hepatitis, findings that, according to the doctor, were ''overwhelmingly'' linked to DMF*

    The workers’ health problems in 1986 were “not the first time that Uretek has been accused of wrongdoing,” according to the Times article. In 1984, the Uretek vice president John Andrews was convicted on felony charges of illegally storing and disposing of hazardous waste – making it “the first time a corporation in Connecticut had been convicted of such a criminal offense in a trial.”

    The article also noted that Uretek has been cited by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection on air pollution.

    Although this was many years ago, Uretek's emissions and its potential impact on the environment and people remain a very significant concern.

    The DEP was notified a few years back (when the odors seemed particularly strong and noxious even blocks away). Despite Uretek’s pollution history, DEP’s response seemed disinterested. As far as we know, no air quality testing was conducted, nor any follow-up.

    A health issue as serious and dangerous as this requires more than discussions or assurances from factory management. It would seem logical and imperative that thorough air quality testing be conducted (especially after hours/at night when the odors are often strongest) and that the results be made publicly available.

    Does DEP receive notification of SeeClickFix concerns?

  • 1017-1025 Ella T Grasso Boulevard New Haven Connecticut - West River

    The Boulevard is a major north-south thoroughfare within the city from I-95 to Whalley Avenue and beyond, but it is dangerous for all road users, including motorists, but especially cyclists and pedestrians due to high travel speeds and traffic volume. There is, however, ample room within the 48+ foot right-of-way to incorporate a two-way protected cycle track along the entire length of the Boulevard without significantly diminishing the car carrying capacity of the roadway. Doing so would calm traffic, vastly improve safety for all road users, and encourage alternative transportation options to driving for many commuters.

    Should funding become available for this type of infrastructure, the Boulevard would be a worthwhile candidate since it traverses four city neighborhoods, several schools, and is a major roadway in need of traffic calming.

    For more information on how a cycle track might work along the Boulevard, see below:
    Complete Streets Request Form: https://newhavenurbanism.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/the-boulevard_cycle-track.pdf
    Online article: http://newhavenurbanism.org/new-haven-urbanism/multimodal-transportation-planning/the-boulevard/