Three mattresses on the east side of the street and a piece of furniture on the west side. DPW, will you please pick up? Thank you.
I lived in Fair Haven until last year, when I decided I couldn't handle it anymore. The drugs, the prostitution, the violence, the incredibly high noise level; the overall quality of life was the worst I'd ever experienced. I didn't want my son thinking this was what a neighborhood should be like, so I moved. You (and the NHPD) can chase drug dealers and prostitutes all you want, but it will not fix Fair Haven if that's all you're focusing on. There is no quick fix for Fair Haven because there's such a high transient population and such a low socioeconomic factor. You need involved homeowners and long-term tenants to give a @#$%, to stop tolerating the illegal activity happening outside their windows, and start coming together as a community that wants to make things better (and that involves a lot more than calling NHPD every time you think you see a prostitute). It's not easy at all, trying to get people to care. There are some great community activists in Fair Haven (like Lee Cruz) who work tirelessly to do this, but they're being outnumbered by the scum, to be frank. The broken windows theory is a huge factor to what's wrong in Fair Haven; drugs and prostitution are just a side effect of that.
Closing; no longer an issue.
I was just going to post a new issue about this in SCF! I bike east on Grand Ave every evening and this is a HUGE problem in this one spot! The road narrows here due to teh bumpe-out, so cars parking here make it very dangerous for cyclists like me. They park in front of the salon and the check cash place non stop. I bike through here around 6:35pm and it's always a mess!
Please don't close someone else's issue unless it's been resolved or is no longer relevant. Thanks.
I see this issue went completely silent when the renovations began at the train station :) Women's bathroom is next on the schedule (and men, please stop being lazy and using the women's; walk a few extra feet to your temporary bathroom instead!) Thanks!
Unfortunately LCI has no teeth when it comes to this. Other blighted properties have stayed blighted for years with nothing done. They can says they're levying a fee of $100 but that's different than actually collecting the fee. If the fee becomes high enough the City *could* foreclose on the house but then the City's stuck with it, so it's unlikely they'll do that either. Have you tried contacting the landlord directly? I'm wondering if it's the one I'm thinking of and he's in Stratford.
Have you tried LCI and/or the Building Department? I would start there. Is Roosevelt's automatically subject to the same 11:30pm curfew that the BZA imposed on Jackee's?
Given the age of the house, they definitely are required to have a lead safe contractor doing ANY renovation work that involves disturbing painted surfaces; it's the law! I would call the Health Department at (203) 946-8174
Just re-opening until the issue is fixed. Thanks Mr. Ramos!
Closing this due to age. Issue still ongoing but I have moved to a quieter neighborhood in the meantime.
Guest, no bathroom is clean all the time; I'll definitely agree with you on that. I think my main concern is the characterization that the people cleaning the bathrooms are slackers who come in late, leave early, and do the least amount of work possible; it's really unfortunate to see such a false and generic characterization of a group of people doing a very thankless job. There are lots of issues with the bathrooms and it would be great if they could be remodeled to include enough space for an attendant during peak use times. Hopefully this is on the list of improvements for the station; they've made some great changes lately but not to the bathrooms yet.
I don't think it's fair or correct to categorize the people they have working there as "slackers." And "it's human nature to want to put in the least effort to try to get the maximum benefit"? Really? Is that your personal motto?
How often do you use these bathrooms? I've been commuting through Union for 9 years now and the bathrooms are in clean shape every evening when I stop in there. It really depends on when you use them, though. Yes they're old and could use remodeling and it would be great if they increased the number of stalls in the women's room, but they are clean. One major obstacle to keeping them clean are the steady stream of users who trash and deface them. One day the fresh marker graffiti will be scrubbed to fading on the stall door and the next day more will have taken its place. All kinds of absurd things are flushed down the toilets and it appears as though some users have never used a modern restroom before. How do you combat that? You can't possibly expect an attendant to clean a stall after every single person uses it, can you? The major problem here is certainly not the cleaning crew.
City of New Haven -- will you please provide a status update and/or trimming schedule for these two trees. This is becoming quite urgent.
Ben - I know it's difficult to articulate but do you think they're too flippant? Would you prefer something more serious like England's CCTV signs or really just no sign at all?
Closing this to make way for more recent sightings/descriptions.
Personally the signs do not bother me in the least and I believe they *might* have a small deterrent effect; I'd need to research that first. Signs or not I definitely want to see MORE CCTV and in areas other than downtown. Streets are public, far too many crimes happen on them and we need ways to capture and possibly even prevent them. I recently moved from my violent, disgusting neighborhood because it just felt like no one was watching out for the mess that was just getting worse there. A police officer can only drive by so often but cameras are always recording, at least.