Posts Tagged ‘ Route 34 ’

Downtown Crossing in New Haven Loses Support of Elm City Cycling

Aug 17th, 2012 | By

The project has had its critics, notably pedestrian and bike advocates. Bike advocacy group Elm City Cycling had been in support of the project, called Downtown Crossing, that is, until the afternoon of August 6, when they officially withdrew their support. For more on this story, visit: Downtown Crossing in New Haven Loses Support of

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Downtown Crossing approved

Aug 9th, 2012 | By

After years of discussion, a plan to reknit the city back together, reclaim some 11 acres of developable land and start to undo the harm of a highway that split neighborhoods 50 years ago, passed unanimously Monday. Various outlets report.

End Nears for New Haven’s ‘Highway to Nowhere’

Aug 5th, 2012 | By

The city’s Board of Aldermen is expected Monday to approve a proposal to remove a mile-long section of Route 34 known as the Oak Street Connector.

Advocates call New Haven’s ‘Downtown Crossing’ a broken promise

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

Nearly 50 people showed up on a day’s notice Tuesday night to discuss their concerns with the project design. The meeting was called by bicycling and pedestrian advocates, along with some members of the Board of Aldermen. The CT Mirror reports.

Coolness indeed. Check out Leon Sister Cities’ August 2012 Bike to Cool Calendar

Aug 1st, 2012 | By

Sign a petition for wide, safe sidewalks in the new Route 34 plan in New Haven, check out their WalkBikeTransit blog and download the cool August 2012 Bike to Cool Calendar. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.

Eruv Fits Early Into New Haven’s Route 34 Plans

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

The rabbi pointed high up in the sky to a light pole bearing a barely distinguishable wire. “Do you touch that one?” he asked the civil engineer beside him.

“I need to look at my plans,” replied the engineer as cars whooshed by on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Planners Call Route 34 Design Cutting Edge

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

First-in-the-nation raised intersections. First-in-the-state narrowed lanes and “bike boxes.” So what’s the problem? Depends whom you ask. City officials describe as cutting edge some traffic-calming measures planned for the $35 million overhaul of the Route 34 mini-highway-to-nowhere. Some bike and pedestrian advocates, meanwhile, blast the plan and continue to push for further improvements. For more

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A Plan in New Haven to Right a Highway’s Wrong

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

In the 1950s, this city, like others, believed that the best way to get people back from the suburbs was to build more highways. A result was the Oak Street Connector, a limited-access spur off Interstate 95 leading to the central business district. The thought was to make it easy for suburbanites to drive in

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Pedestrian safety improvements eliminated from New Haven Downtown Crossing

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

Two hard-won traffic islands have disappeared from the planned reworking of streets around the $140 million “Downtown Crossing” project—meaning pedestrians might have to cross five lanes of traffic in one shot.That is the latest twist in an ongoing debate over whether Downtown Crossing and the attendant reconfiguring of the Route 34 Connector “mini-highway-to-nowhere” shortchanges walkers

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New Haven’s Downtown Crossing Seeks To Reunite City Divided By Urban Renewal

Jul 6th, 2012 | By

The urban renewal movement of the 1950s and 1960s left its mark on cities across Connecticut, but perhaps one of the most painful was in New Haven. Construction of Route 34 got underway only after the Oak Street neighborhood was demolished, forcing the relocation of 880 families and 350 businesses. Then, the highway — intended

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Alexion Pharmeceuticals now Connecticut’s 4th ‘First Five’ project

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

NEW HAVEN — With one dropout, the state had only approved three “First Five” projects before the announcement today of financial help for Alexion Pharmeceuticals, which will be the main tenant at Carter Winstanley’s biotech building at the heart of the ambitious reclamation of Route 34 downtown. For more on this story, visit: Alexion Pharmeceuticals

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Downtown Crossing heads for final hurdle

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

After nearly a month-long delay, Downtown Crossing, the city’s largest redevelopment effort in a generation, is back on track for a vote by the full full Board of Aldermen. At a public hearing Thursday night held by the joint finance and legislation committee, aldermen heard opinions from community members on the zoning changes and the

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New Haven City Plan makes changes to Downtown Crossing

Jun 10th, 2012 | By

Downtown Crossing, the city’s $135 million project to remake downtown that stalled in the Board of Aldermen last month, is nearly back on track. The City Plan Commission voted on Wednesday vote to approve a zoning change that would convert 15.8 acres of land from New Haven’s central business district into a new mixed-use district

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Planners again OK zone changes for New Haven’s Downtown Crossing

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

It was a little bit of deja vu for the City Plan Commission Wednesday night, which once again put its stamp of approval on the zoning map and text change for the new BD-3 district after a “redo” public hearing. The vote at the special meeting puts the complex Downtown Crossing project back on track

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New Haven’s Marchand: I’m No Rubber Stamp

May 18th, 2012 | By

When it came to his first vote on a major development project, Adam Marchand hadn’t read the 200-page plan before him. He voted yes anyway. Why? Because, Marchand said, he made up for it with a close reading of the executive summary. He put nearly an hour of questions to city officials and to the

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Mayor Enters New Urbanist Lion’s Den

May 15th, 2012 | By

It fills in a failed urban renewal highway. Does that make it “new urbanism”?

New Haven Downtown Crossing Advances

Apr 20th, 2012 | By

After months of public debate and criticism, plans to start filling in the Route 34 Connector with new development sailed through the City Plan Commission Wednesday night.

Downtown Crossing Details Stress The Upscale

Apr 5th, 2012 | By

Carter Winstanley will have to make “art objects” a part of his big new development project. Pictures of New Haven, too. His tenants can sell wine—but no beer. Dollar stores? “Adult” establishments? Forget it.

New Haven road plan tarnishes the TIGER program

Jan 21st, 2012 | By

With funds from the Obama Administration’s TIGER program and other sources, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. intends to replace the short Rt. 34 expressway with two wide streets—a circulation network that would do more to accommodate heavy flows of vehicular traffic than to make an environment conducive to walking and neighborhood life. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Score 1 for New Haven cyclists: Connecticut transportation officials approve changes in Route 34 plan

Jan 13th, 2012 | By

The state Department of Transportation has approved all 50 modifications requested for the first phase of the Route 34 conversion to urban boulevards that were changed to make them more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. The New Haven Register reports.