I asked about the gate to the skatepark and dog park being open during the day (it is often closed.) I received no response from the parks department.
414 Whalley Ave New Haven, CT 06511 - EdgewoodGiven Whalley Ave's expansive width and high traffic volumes, and given business owners' desire to transform this space into an urban boulevard from a urban design standpoint, Whalley Avenue from the Fountain St intersection to Broadway would be the ideal location for a European/New York City-style physically separated bike lane. Ideally, this cycle track should spend most time on sidewalk level, as seen in the attached photo.
Chapel And High Street - Town_GreenI have seen cops on a daily bases park illegally underneath the stop light, get out of their car, walk into starbucks, get a coffee and walk out to their car and leave. I am pretty sure that they are only allowed to break the law for reasonable reasons or if they are doing something positive like stopping a crime. I don’t think getting a coffee or going to News Haven applies to this situation. I would like it stopped, and for our cops to start obeying the same laws they enforce on us.
1073 1123 Chapel St New Haven, CT 06511, USA - Downtown
This police cruiser pulled up and blocked half of the intersection at Chapel and High. Then the two cops went to starbucks to get their coffee.
I wish I could get away with parking like that.
26 Center St New Haven, CT 06510 - Town_Green
Connecting these empty lots and parking lots (visible on the satellite image) should be a priority.
A new street would activate and provide more window frontage on blocks that are currently far too wide, therefore tremendously increasing the potential for real estate development and new tax revenue for the city.
Models can be found from elsewhere in New Haven, for example, the Temple Street Plaza, which breaks down a large block into a series of pathways connecting College, Chapel, Temple and Crown. What makes cities successful these days are the "nooks and crannies" like these.
Other small streets in New Haven have since disappeared due to urban renewal. For example, Pitkin Plaza, now home to 360 State, used to be a small street.
See here for additional discussion of the idea, recently presented by architect George Knight: http://newhavenindependent.org/archives/2008/02/knight_blaze_ne.php The proposed street should be extended all the way to the Coliseum Site and perhaps tie in, through an indoor arcade, to the Federal Plaza (former Court Street) located just north of Chapel, between Orange and Church.
665 Whalley Ave New Haven, CT 06511 - EdgewoodTried crossing Whalley Ave. on marked crosswalk (stood in crosswalk, kept slowly inching my way into the road) at West Park Ave. and was passed by a horde of motorists. No one even thought about stopping. Also got trapped in the middle of the road when cars did not stop on the westbound side. I think a new traffic light is warranted here with a countdown-style walk light for the crosswalk. This would help slow traffic on this dangerous stretch of Whalley and allow people to cross safely. Also recommended is a bicycle-actuated signal, so cyclists can turn on to Whalley safely.
Intersection Of Whalley And West Park New Haven Ct, CT - Beaver HillsThe intersection of Whalley and West Park has misleading traffic lanes. There are 3 lanes of traffic that shift over in front of Edgewood park but the way the lanes shift often confuse the middle lane and left lanes of traffic. The traffic in the middle lane often drifts into the left lane and almost causing cars to collide or stop suddenly. Perhaps the city could either continue traffic lines across the interception or come up with a better solution. The intersection is heavily used because Fountain st merges into that intersection.
Jewel St. And Whalley Ave New Haven, CT - Beaver HillsAn 18 wheeler is parked on Jewel St. in front of the cemetery every weekend and often, all week long. Today is Friday, Oct. 11 and the same truck has parked on Jewel St. since last weekend. I am told Traffic and Parking are on the issue but I don't see any movement. There are no tickets on the truck's windshield and the truck hasn't moved.
Whalley Ave And Opp Fitch St New Haven, CT 06515, USA - EdgewoodStuck in 26 car line at intersection of Fitch and Whalley again. The light typically allows 3 ccars to turn on to Whalley from Fitch. There is No Right Turn on Red sign posted. Frequently, cars on Whalley run the red light to block cars turning left on to Whalley. Took 18 minutes to travel from light at Fitch/Blake through light at Fitch and Whalley today. More time should be allotted to traffic moving on to Whalley.
Norton St New Haven, CT - Edgewood
When you see these teens, you might assume they are just a bunch of kids on their bikes. But they are actually street gangs. They have been observed "occupying space," urinating in the streets and on trees (this is, as I understand it, indecent exposure, and is punishable by law), fighting with others and each other, creating loud noise disturbances, and mugging people. Of course, this is only what some have observed, as street gangs are well known for their trafficking in drugs and people (aka "pimping").
I want serious discussion of a curfew in New Haven, and there is all of this talk about NHPD walking beats, but we never see any of them walking Beaver Hill. To be fair, I have seen police cars driving around from time to time, but we need the NHPD to start taking Beaver Hill seriously as a new ground for gang activity. This was once a beautiful neighborhood - it no longer is. Do not go on our past reputation - the residents have changed drastically over the past 2 years specifically, with our supposed "support" turning a blind eye.
Fellow residents of Beaver Hill, when you see these street gangs on bicycles, observe them. Report any illegal activity to the police immediately, and record your findings here as well.
218 Dwight St New Haven, CT 06511 - DwightThere are two lanes coming down Dwight Street. The paint marking the left turn only lane is almost totally faded, and there is no sign denoting the lane assignments on this one-way street so that cars end up squeezing together once they cross Edgewood, causing potential accidents and definite road rage. How about a sign, and a new paint job to clear up this dangerous intersection
Jewel Street And Whalley New Haven, CT - Beaver HillsThis same white, 18 wheeler is parked in front of the cemetery on Jewel St. as it has been for the past 2 weeks. No ticket is seen on its windshield. I am told often that the issue is being taken care of by Traffic and Parking. I see no movement on this issue. If this truck is illegally parked on Jewel St., it ought to be removed.
Edgewood Ave. At Howe St. New Haven, CT 06511, USA - Dwight
Car was speeding at about 50 miles an hour down Howe at 8:15PM this evening. Ran right through the red light at Edgewood. Luckily there was no oncoming traffic at Edgewood because the car did not slow down at all. Was traveling too fast to get an identifying information.
Is this within the area that the Yale Police does traffic enforcement, or does the city do it here? It's unclear where the boundaries and different responsibilities overlap, and perhaps that's part of the reason for this extremely dangerous behavior.