57 Olive St New Haven, Connecticut - Wooster SquareSt. Paul & St. James offers laudable services to the local homeless population and many of us admire that. However, it is completely nonsensical for them to run these services out of a church in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Every day I see a mass exodus of homeless from downtown to Wooster Sq where they loiter outside the church. Recently many of these folks have occupied the now defunct/abandoned former "Joker's WIld" club where my neighbors and I have observed them shooting up heroin. As a temporary solution, we need a more frequent police presence at this location. In the long term, St Paul & St James should relocate their homeless services to another location. It is crazy to draw vagrants and drug addicts to a family neighborhood rather than going downtown to serve them directly.
Edgewood Park Soccer Field New Haven, Connecticut - WestvilleWhen our kids hosted families from other communities for New Haven Youth soccer games this weekend, this is what our kids and their kids were forced to play in/on.
23 Edwards Street New Haven, Connecticut - East Rock
The city's robocall didn't go out until 7pm last night. Signs were barely posted and people were trying to move their cars around Edwards/Nicoll/Nash with no idea which side was the correct side to be on. Why is it never announced that the odd side will be first or vice versa?
This morning, new signs were posted where none had been before and people were getting towed and caught off guard as they left for work. Maybe worst of all, tow trucks were speeding down Nash Street THE WRONG WAY in an effort to tow everyone the fastest, nearly causing multiple accidents and jamming traffic.
I'm happy to comply with street sweeping but the city needs to make it easier for citizens to comply. Announce earlier, more clearly, and stop rigging the entire system for the benefit of the tow truck companies.
Dwight And Edgewood New Haven Connecticut - Dwight
Between 2:50 and 2:57 PM today the 20th of December 2018 my home surveillance camera caught these two scenes. Shortly after a UPS delivery to my home a young man in a red jacket, black hood, white shoes and grey pants with a black backpack rides a bicycle slowly through the scene. A few minutes later in the second clip, he is back and walks up my driveway presumably to check out the delivery which he undoubtedly observed. He comes out of the driveway without the package probably because it's too heavy (24 cans of wet cat food). I confronted this guy some minutes later further down Dwight toward Chapel street. I watched him ride up and down my neighbors' driveways and I asked him what he was looking for. I was fascinated by what a convincing and evidently accomplished liar this guy is. I told him that I had a video of him and that I'd take another look before I reported the issue. He then quickened his pace a bit and rode his bike west down Edgewood Avenue.
Check these two clips and the screen shot I uploaded. Anyone know this guy?
738-752 State St New Haven, CT, 06511, USA - DowntownThis could be an inviting pedestrian link between new destinations in Nolo, September in Bangkok, and Boiling Soho—grounded establishments of Christopher Martins and D'Legna—and old staples in Goodfellas, L'Orcio, and Modern. St. Stanislaus is a beautiful church in the middle of them all, and Bradley Street Bike Co-op is a community hub. An art project for the walls of the underpass would liven up the area and bring the consistent foot traffic that these places need to thrive.
209 Willow Street New Haven, Connecticut - East RockThis is the state of driving behavior and traffic enforcement in New Haven:
It is the Wild West! I was commuting in this morning heading south on Orange Street. At the busy Willow Street intersection, two cars ran the red light heading west on Willow Street. I then noticed that there were TWO NHPD cruisers stopped at the light on Orange Street heading north. Neither one of them pulled over either red light runner. (And neither officer appeared to be on another emergency call as they both drove away, lights off, with traffic when the light turned green.)
This summarizes where we've come to with traffic safety and traffic enforcement in New Haven.
This is not normal. We have accepted the normalization of this behavior: both the incredible number of drivers running red lights and stop signs or talking/texting on their phones while driving, AND the frequent lack of traffic enforcement by the NHPD.
This does not happen everywhere in the state. This does not happen everywhere in the country.
What can we do to change the cycle?
146 Cottage Street New Haven, Connecticut - East RockWe have seen people climbing up to the second floor window to get in because he said his landlord threw him out and he needed to get his stuff. the cellar windows on street level are out and we see people squeezing in and out of them. This has been going on at least since the springtime. We have seen lots and lots of people constantly going in and out. The grass is uncut, currently they're digging up something in the back yard. We own the building next door, 140 cottage, we rent to Yale people and they are all complaining.
227 Nicoll St New Haven, CT 06511, USA - East RockA cop could complete their monthly ticket quota in 1 hour spent at this intersection alone. Despite the painted crosswalk, 99% of cars do not stop, making It EXTREMELY dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists.
475 Ellsworth Ave New Haven 06511, United States - Beaver HillsResident was observed pushing yard debris down slope onto sidewalk. Sidewalk now completely covered.
888 Grand New Haven, Connecticut - Wooster SquarePolice Department seems not to have noticed the post about loitering and harassment at this site. It really deserves a response:
859 Whalley Ave New Haven, CT 06515, USA - WestvilleCan the City put in a bike rack for the kids who ride their bikes to Westville Community Nursery School?
48 Trumbull Street New Haven, Connecticut - New Haven
Is there some extra action that can be taken with some of the local crosswalks, especially in the Audubon/East Rock area? I have a walking commute & I cross two crosswalks (Pearl/Orange, Trumbull/Lincoln) four times a day each, and have been doing this for the last four years at least. I have an unsettling incident nearly every single today and today a woman at the Trumbull/Lincoln crosswalk made some really nerve-wracking threatening motions to deliberately hit me with her car while I was in the center of the crosswalk (because I was stuck there, as the car that had let me pass on the opposite side had started moving on & I had gestured to this oncoming car that she needed to stop for the crosswalk).
I know that there was a sign placed on the orange/pearl crosswalk, but I have often seen that sign banged up on the side of the road and no one seems to see it. It doesn't seem to be very widely understood that these crosswalks mean yielding to pedestrians within it, and I've been caught many many times in the center between two lanes of racing traffic. Several years ago I was hit on Trumbull, though very lightly on the hip and without further incident.
I'm VERY careful and aware at the crosswalk from years of experience, but the longer I have to take this route the more inevitable it becomes that I'm going to end up being hit eventually. It is NOT safe for pedestrians. I have on a few occasions encountered a similarly frustrated gentleman, who is disabled, sitting on the side of the road & using his walking stick to hit the "yield to pedestrian" signs - not because he's crossing the street at that moment, but because he has had so much terrifying trouble in the past that he feels taking a moment to remind passing drivers of this apparently borderline obscure law is worthwhile.
As a pedestrian I have my own distinct set of road rights and responsibilities, but I have no way to protect myself in many cases when a car does not follow the guidelines, even when I am paying close attention. Most often it's those on foot doing the yielding, and there's probably not much to be done about that, but these two particular high traffic intersections in question (again, orange/pearl and trumbull/lincoln) are VERY close to both two schools and a housing facility with a large number of disabled and elderly residents. These are crosswalks that should be monitored with at least a modicum of care.
To be clear, these two are only the two intersections I encounter the most - I know this problem is much more widespread, and is much more of a pressing concern for children, the elderly, and the disabled, who may not all be as visible or able to get out of the way of careless drivers, and who are also much more likely to BE pedestrians and not motorists.
This is NOT a safe or walkable city as long as pedestrians cannot rely on traffic markers & laws to help protect them from motorists. The fact is that the vast majority of motorists completely ignore the crosswalk indicators. The city of New Haven needs to make an extra effort to enforce these laws, especially during morning and evening rush-hours. The banged up "yield to pedestrians" sign in the gutter on orange should be the first clue that this is not enough to keep people safe - absolutely appalling in a zone containing more than one school. Crossing guards, traffic cameras, or other measures are absolutely necessary.
These are not massive commercial roads or highways that should be complicated or dangerous to cross, and they are located in small neighborhoods or narrow city streets near multiple schools and close to the homes of many disabled people. New Haven seems to be interested in reducing the number of drivers in city streets, and if that's its concern, it also can and should do more to look out for the safety of residents who can't or choose not to drive. I'm personally pretty exhausted by the scares, stress, and hostility from people who don't totally understand the traffic laws and I'm an able-bodied person who knows what to expect. Please, please put more effort into smoothing out the relationship between cars & feet. This would be such an insanely dumb way to die.