Downtown Crossing Critics: New Haven Meant Well, Did Badly

Oct 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Story

As maverick architect Robert Orr received an “urban angel” award he spoke of a devil in the details—of the city’s plan to remake the Route 34 Connector into a project called Downtown Crossing.

Nearly 100 people gathered in the community room of the main branch of the library Thursday night to see Orr (pictured) receive his award from the Urban Design League. The gathering became not just an awards event but also a forum to promote alternative ideas to what critics called the city’s overly car-centric $140 million Downtown Crossing project to fill in part of the Connector, have a developer erect a new biotech building, and link Union Station, the medical district and downtown.

For more on this story, visit: Downtown Crossing Critics: City Meant Well, Did Badly | New Haven Independent.

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