Especially on the Davis St. side of the East Rock Park, there's been an increase in the ongoing problem of people meeting up for sex in wooded areas of the park. Can't walk my dog without interrupting something, and definitely can't let my kid walk there alone.
There's a big rush of bicycling commuters to headed to Yale every weekday a.m., and they ride on Whitney Ave sidewalk instead of the street. I understand why they are illegally walking on the sidewalk, but they don't even slow down or move out of the way for pedestrians! I walk my dog in the morning during the bicycle rush, and I'm sick of this discourteous and illegal behavior. I wouldn't mind if they would at least let me and my dog walk in comfort and not be driven off the sidewalk by them.
The couple at 90 Nash Street seem to think they own the street space in front of their home. Every winter they use trash cans with signs to reserve the spaces for their two full-size sedans (see photo). If at any point in time (summer or winter) someone parks in the spaces near their home, they leave threatening notes about why it was an inadequate parking job (although frequently violate their own rules of parking). We have tried to be courteous neighbors, but they have been nothing but rude and nasty to us. We would like the responsible city agency, whether it is the police or LCI, to come and ticket them for their violations. The city needs to show that it will not tolerate the use of intimidation to prevent others from sharing public space.
Near Exit 6 I-91 New Haven, Connecticut - East Rock
The City cleared a homeless encampment late last fall. The camp was by the banks of the Mill River. Land access is from the Willow Street entrance to Route 91. Here is the problem: Although the residents were expelled and their possessions impounded, many of those possessions - including furniture and trash - were simply left behind. There are at least three camps clearly visible from the river where lots and lots of stuff is just piled up to rot. This is not a good use of land that abuts onto East Rock Park! One nice young couple even bagged up their trash (at least 30 bin bags full) but it's still there by the riverbank. Can the sites be visited and cleaned up? It is really an eyesore for park users and will become a health hazard as the stuff decays.
There is a garage in back that collapsed YEARS ago and nothing has been done about it. It became much worse last winter. I am concerned that it may have become home to a serious rodent problem, or if kids got back there they would get hurt. Don't think LCI has ever loooked at it, even thought htis has been posted since 2009. SEveral neighbors offered to help hear on SCF, but no-one contacted the home owner. (I no longer live in the neighborhood, nor do the tenants of my place who were among those who offered help)
I am reporting that there ARE slumlords in the East Rock neighborhood. They BANK on this neighborhood's fine reputation as a safe place to live... and then they find a sucker Yalie or two (or a hopeful townie) to rent from them... by the time the tenant realizes they are paying rent to a slumlord they are about half way through their short lease... They Move upon the expiration of the lease. NEXT YEAR, the same thing happens! A Yalie with a 9 month lease. It take a little time to realize you're living in a neglected dump. Slumlords of East Rock BANK on it. They put NO work into their property... or, just enough to get a Yalie to sign a lease. There are no shortage of customers in this neighborhood. I'm just reporting that this is indeed happening.
99 Eagle Street New Haven, Connecticut - East Rock
Someone dumped a lot of household trash at the Eagle St entrance to Blake Field. Seems to have come from 459 Blatchley. The person there said he had hired someone to take away the trash. Didn't realize the guy would dump it in the park.
WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE PLAN TO CLEAR THE SNOW FROM THE ODD NUMBERED SIDE OF THE STREETS? WE'VE BEEN PARKING ON THE EVEN SIDE SINCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. IT'S NOW SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND THE STREETS IN EAST ROCK HAVE NOT SEEN ANY PLOWS, PAYLOADERS OR DUMP TRUCKS. CAN WE GET AN UPDATE FROM THE CITY? ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK, AFTER PRESIDENT'S DAY, TO SEE ANY IMPROVEMENT ON THE NARROW RIBBON OF PLOWED STREET WE HAVE HERE ON LINDEN STREET (AND MANY OTHERS)?
253 Lawrence Street is owned by Frank Carrano, an absentee landlord in Florida who has been deemed to be a slumlord by his tenants. He has broken his contracts with some of them, and threatened to evict them if they tried to enforce it. Also, there was a leak which a plumber initially traced to a toilet, and he waited for months afterwards while it soaked the walls and ceilings of those below them before he hired someone to find the pipe buried in the wall. After the pipe was fixed, he complained about expenses and couldn't find someone cheap enough to fully fix all the damage.