by Thomas Breen | Jan 15, 2019 7:55 am | Comments (4)
A building code inspector notices a leaky roof, or a contractor working without a permit. Instead of reaching for a pen and a pad of paper, she uses a tablet with a camera and internet access to document the issue.
Those electronic notes are then plotted on a map, where both building department colleagues and officials citywide can track and address the needs of city residents as they crop up in real time.
City officials laid out that utopia of tech-assisted municipal services as they convinced alders of the merits of two new Information Technology (IT) contracts.
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by Christopher Peak & Paul Bass | Jan 14, 2019 8:35 pm | Comments (17)
Darnell Goldson went from being the subject of a vague investigation Monday to receiving a public apology from the schools superintendent — and then being reelected president of the Board of Education.
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by Thomas Breen | Jan 14, 2019 12:39 pm | Comments (9)
Lounge chairs covered in dust. A scraped wooden dance floor. A hulking bar the shape of a boat. And a broken down kitchen stocked with one last bottle of anisette.
Parking commissioners found those dance-club relics as they toured the vacant Crown Street Garage commercial space, slated to become New Haven’s next hot spot music venue.
Continue reading ‘“They’ve Got To Gut Everything”’
by Allan Appel | Jan 14, 2019 7:44 am
He was a young pitcher in the Negro Leagues when the New York Yankees came to his door to recruit him.
No way, his father, Bishop Enoch Stallings, of the Church of God and Saints of Christ in the Dwight neighborhood, told the scouts. “This boy is going to sing in the choir.”
Continue reading ‘Legend Laid To Rest, In Style’
by Christopher Peak | Jan 11, 2019 4:17 pm | Comments (3)
A barrier-breaking cop walked away from the job with a five-figure check and two letters of recommendation, after suing her former boss for harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
Continue reading ‘City Settles With Cop Captain For $50K’
by Liese Klein | Jan 11, 2019 12:20 pm | Comments (2)
The land is vacant, the sellers are willing and the park ranger is eager to blaze some new trails for hikers. Now all the town of Hamden has to do is figure out how to match a $432,250 state grant recently awarded to obtain adjacent property and expand Brooksvale Park.
Continue reading ‘Brooksvale To Add 42 Acres—If $‘s Found’
by Allan Appel | Jan 11, 2019 7:49 am | Comments (6)
The 90-day clock has begun to tick for the demolition of 71 Shelton Ave., a long-vacant 1915 building in the Winchester Repeating Arms Historic District in Newhallville.
That’s because contamination from its life in the early 1960s as a site for the fabrication of nuclear fuel components is too serious for any option other than a take-down and removal including the concrete slab foundation and at least two feet of soil underneath.
The gleaming silver lining for the loss of this historic structure is that as “mitigation” or compensation, the Goffe Street Armory — nearby and with a related historical context but technically not within the historic district — can be researched and then nominated for a place on the National Historic Register.
With that designation, the city-owned armory becomes eligible for a host of preservation grants and tax credit programs that down the road may contribute significantly to preserving it and giving it a new, repurposed life.
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by Paul Bass | Jan 10, 2019 4:59 pm | Comments (14)
Officers grabbed a fleeing man who had allegedly just shot at a cop. Then they kept him talking and applied first aid until medics could arrive on the scene.
Continue reading ‘Cops Helped Keep Shooter Alive’
by Paul Bass | Jan 10, 2019 3:17 pm | Comments (5)
Walter Livingston Morton IV knew what was at stake when Hamden tried to figure out how to bring its schools into racial “balance” — because he had walked students’ shoes himself.
Continue reading ‘Race Complicated Schools Shake-Up’
by Thomas Breen | Jan 10, 2019 12:01 pm | Comments (27)
Pass an inclusionary zoning ordinance. Let the housing authority build outside of New Haven. Set up a public database of affordable housing resources. And create a new affordable housing commission to stay on top of local, state, and federal policy changes.
Those are just a handful of the dozens of recommendations the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force plans to send to the Board of Alders regarding how to legislatively address the city’s affordable housing crisis.
Continue reading ‘Housing Panel Targets Zoning, Suburbs’