They saw fewer houses lit with Christmas lights this year—and more blighted buildings.They see trucks and broken cars parked on sidewalks by a tow shop. They see forbidden barbed wire appearing atop commercial fences.
Along with upticks in speeding and graffiti, that jolted neighbors to resurrect the Quinnipiac River Community Group (QRCG).
During the grueling,endless winter, Fair Havener Tambira Armmand, a knitter, sewer, and all-round creative textile person, came down with a bad case of cabin fever. Suddenly she looked out her window, and spotted the solution.
A sparkling white coach bus from New Haven Land Trust’s “Habitat, Harvest, and Happy Hour Benefit Bus Tour” ambled down Newhallville streets. At the head of the bus, Stacy Spell, a former New Haven homicide detective with microphone in hand, described how some of the streets and corners were once breeding grounds for crime, consumed in drugs and violence.
When Christopher Randall, executive director of the New Haven Land Trust, arrived Sunday afternoon at the organization’s nature preserve flush against the Long Island Sound, he expected to find raging waters and roiled vegetation.
He didn’t expect to find a 28-foot sloop tossed over 1,500 feet inland, a stone’s throw from Long Wharf Drive.