The quest for justice for hundreds of families who lost their health, their belongings, and ultimately their homes in New Haven’s worst housing disaster in a generation took a new turn Thursday with the filing of a federal class-action lawsuit.
Giovanni Zinn was in fifth grade back in 1995 when the state initiated an upgrade of the Grand Avenue railroad level crossing—a plan to replace the flashing lights with a serious set of safety arms that will drop and physically prevent you from crossing the tracks when a train nears and crosses.
Twenty-one years later, the arms still haven’t arrived, but may soon. Zinn, who grew up to become New Haven’s city engineer, is overseeing that process.
In a couple of deft motions, Jake Adams, the new reigning bike-repair champ around these parts, took off a back tire, tugging out the inflated inner tube with the help of a bright yellow plastic lever.