Tuesday | June 5, 2018

June 1, 2018, by Thomas Breen-"First fix the speeding by drivers on Anarchy Road. Then we can talk about bike lanes. Fifty Westville neighbors sent that message to city officials Thursday night as they blasted an early draft of a city proposal to reconfigure the layout of Yale Avenue's bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and parking spots. Many of the neighbors criticized the plan for paying insufficient attention to what they saw as the most important problem on the block: high-speed traffic.

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June 5, 2018, by Markeshia Ricks- "Were they voting to save SROs? Or preventing them from being built? Downtown Alder Abby Roth asked colleagues that question during debates over two bills that became law Monday night. In a 23 to 4 vote, the Board of Alders approved a zoning ordinance text amendment that will put a six to nine-month moratorium on converting single room occupancy (SRO) facilities into market-rate housing or lodging. The goal: Preserve that kind of affordable housing.

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Tuesday | May 22, 2018

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"After enduring criticism of their initial design, the developer and architect who plan to transform the vacant lot where the former Delaney’s used to stand showed off the latest iteration at the City Plan Commission. The City Plan Commission in a unanimous vote at its most recent meeting approved plans to build a three-story 23,934 square foot building at 882 Whalley Ave.

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Thursday | May 17, 2018

May 16, 2018, By Brian Slattery- "A row of red houses, all the same. Beyond that, another row of houses, same as the red houses, but white. A third row of houses, same as the first two except in blue. Everything’s neat and tidy, in primary colors. Safe behind a stockade of popsicle sticks. The wall looks solid. But one stiff breath, and you might be able to blow it down. The piece — titled The New American Dream — lies at the heart of “Walls,” an exhibit of artwork by Liz Antle-O’Donnell that deals with gated communities, in which millions of Americans currently live.

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May 14, 2018, by Adia Sakura-Lemessy- "It’s not the new chain-link fence that stands out in Edgewood Park, but the unmistakable smell of a farm—and the five furry, plant-chomping visitors who are bringing it in as they beautify the area. Those visitors are goats, brought into the park to munch their way through recent overgrowth. On Saturday, the first group—Cinnamon, Brooklyn, Sunday, Casanova and Iris—arrived for their inaugural graze.
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May 14, 2018, by David Sepulveda- "A second New Haven “Goatville neighborhood” was opened Saturday in Edgewood Park during Westville’s 21st annual Artwalk festival. But this “neighborhood,” a wooded and overgrown corner of the park, has real, live goats that will be performing special community service for several years to come.

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Tuesday | April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018, by Markeshia Ricks- "New Haven State Rep. Pat Dillon said she received some criticism from colleagues when she introduced a bill that would reinforce cities’ authority to regulate the brightness of digital billboards. Weren’t there more important things for her to draft legislation about? Then a new sign at Whalley Avenue and Emerson Street was powered on. "Now, they understand and are telling me how horrible it is,” she said Monday after a meeting of the state General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.

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April 2, 2018, by Thomas Breen- "City planners voted unanimously to approve the creation of a new zoning district for Westville Village that they hope will serve as a model for how to use zoning regulations to encourage dense, diverse, mixed-use economic development throughout the city. During the most recent regular monthly meeting of the City Plan Commission on the second floor of City Hall, the commissioners gave the thumbs up to a proposed zoning ordinance text amendment seeking to establish a new Village Center Mixed Use (BA-2) zone.

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Thursday | February 8, 2018

February 7, 2018, by Thomas Breen- "Parks Director Becky Bombero asked the dozen skaters, skateboarders and bikers assembled before her what day of the week they would be available to come to help pull weeds as their sweat equity contribution to a new skate park. “Almost everyone has Sundays off,” BMX rider Justin Kearney said, “since a lot of us in retail have to work on Saturdays.” “OK, what time on Sunday?” Bombero asked. “Probably not too early,” the group responded in unison. Thus was the latest round of negotiations between local skaters and the city parks department as the c

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February 6, 2018, by Mary O'Leary- "Alex Churilov installs what are commonly referred to as billboards for a living, but he decided it made more sense, for a steadier income, to own one himself to display ads. His choice of a space at 1057 Whalley Ave. for an electronic "poster" at the corner of Emerson Street, however, has upset some officials who want to rally others to object to the installation and eventually change the zoning rules.

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