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christopher schaefer

Rank: "Jane Jacobs" Civic Points: 27,995
  • 92 2nd St New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    2 mattresses have been dumped against the fence, at the far end of the Second Street dead-end.
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  • 90 Second St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    When the Second St. dead-end was created to build the Betsy Ross School, it created a drainage nightmare. Although it has 2 storm-drains/catch-basins, massive amounts of debris pile up there after each major storm, such that in only ONE month the catch-basin grates are covered and there is a huge pile of trash, decomposed leaves, etc.
    About 8 years ago I finally realized that it NEVER would be swept unless I raked the mess out the day before street-sweeping, set aside large branches and anything else too big for the sweeper, then spread the rest out with rake and shovel, up to the corner of Greenwich Ave., so it can be swept up. This requires the sweeper to go over it several times to get it all--which the driver of No. 115 did just now.
    So Thanks!
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  • 422 Greenwich Ave New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Thanks to the NEIGHBORS who spearheaded the effort to get THREE speedbumps installed on Greenwich Ave! And thank you, City of #NHV for FINALLY listening to taxpayers and installing them.
    This was a grassroots effort by several folks who live on Greenwich Ave. For their privacy, I’m not mentioning names, but all of us who live on or near Greenwich Ave. thank you!
    (Speedbump pictured is between Second & Third Streets.)
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  • 39 2nd St New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Ornamental plum on tree strip in front of 39 Second St. (near Hallock AVENUE) is completely dead; needs to be removed.
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  • 297 Hallock Avenue New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Abandoned vehicle on Hallock AVENUE, across from 296 Hallock AVE, near intersection of Lamberton St.
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  • 273 Hallock Avenue New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Tires etc. dumped on sidewalk; 273 Hallock AVE, near First Street intersection; along rail-road wall
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  • 227 Howard Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Down street sign and liquor bottles in front off 227 Howard ave. (near corner of Third St.) People hanging out all hours, drinking, drugging and throwing trash on the street side for the tree. Police cruiser needs to park here frequently during the evening and night.
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  • 90 Second St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    At Second Street dead-end (off Greenwich Ave): junked older Volvo station-wagon, no marker plates, filled with junked car batteries
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  • 76 Second Street New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Very large and deep pothole in front of 76 Second Street. This has been cold-patched numerous times, such repairs lasting a few days, at most. Needs more cold patch--and need repaving of this block of Second Street next spring.
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  • 165 Church Street New Haven, Connecticut - Town_Green
    When recycling was rolled out, it actually was profitable for the city to sell recyclable materials. HOWEVER, the New York Times article linked below suggests that, with the steep decline in oil prices, it no longer is profitable: “Despite decades of exhortations and mandates, it’s still typically more expensive for municipalities to recycle household waste than to send it to a landfill” [or trash-to-energy plant].
    The article also provides evidence that, at least currently, recycling contributes little to reducing carbon emissions: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/opinion/sunday/the-reign-of-recycling.html?_r=2
    MOVING BEYOND THE THEORETICAL, what is OUR current cost-to-expense data for New Haven’s Public Works? Will the city currently save money by processing everything as trash?
    If this currently is the case, I’m NOT suggesting that we do away with recycling, since it ‘possibly’ will be profitable in the future. However, I assume taxpayers would like to know if our tax dollars are being wasted for a “cause” that has no current benefit—financially or environmentally.
    Could Public Works please provide a breakdown:
    • current cost to dispose of trash,
    • current cost to dispose of recyclables (including extra personnel needed).
    Thanks.
    Christopher Schaefer
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  • 371 Greenwich Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Storm drain nearest fire hydrant, at intersection of Greenwich Ave. & Second Street is completely clogged. (Nearest address = 375 Greenwich Ave.) As you can see in attached photo, drain across street works fine; also drain hidden by garbage toters on left of photo (at 86 Second St.) works fine.
    During heavy downpours, this intersection completely floods because of this one non-functioning drain next to fire hydrant. When water finally clears, there is nothing on the catch basin grate, and the catch basin does not have much junk in it
    --so the clog is INSIDE the sewer pipe.
    In the past, the clog has been located approximately under the manhole in the Second Street crosswalk:
    i.e. the pipe that goes between the drain near the fire hydrant at 375 Greenwich and the drain in front of 86 Second Street (hidden by the toters in photo).
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  • 89 1st St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    2 tires & a child-size mattress have been dumped on the curb: First St. near Greenwich Av
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  • 491 Ella T. Grasso Blvd New Haven, Connecticut - Hill
    A deer carcass is partially blocking a lane on the Boulevard, near the intersection of Adeline Street.
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  • 375 Greenwich Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    A large branch was knocked down by a truck a week ago, then moved to the tree strip.
    Now ADDITIONAL branches, etc. have been added, creating a huge pile that threatens to cover the corner fire hydrant.
    Needs to be removed ASAP
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  • 333 Howard Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    A pile of furniture has been dumped on the tree strip @ 333 Howard, corner of 1st St.
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  • 375 Greenwich Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    A truck knocked a large branch off a tree and into the street at the corner of Greenwich Ave. & Second Street. It has been removed from the street, cut up and placed in a pile on the curb strip in front of 375 Greenwich Ave. City needs to remove this.
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  • 98 Second St New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Driveway apron on Second Street SIDE of 370 Greenwich Ave, i.e. in the Second Street dead-end, has been lifted by the roots of a street-tree. Resident seriously damaged her car the first time she used the driveway. It also is a tripping hazard.
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  • 91 Fourth Street New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    And YOU can help make it happen.
    Come to our first Greenspace Planting of the Season! On Fourth Street, between Greenwich Ave. and Howard Ave., this Thursday, June 4 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
    Meet your neighbors and help us continue to transform our neighborhood into one of the most beautiful areas in New Haven. Then enjoy free Ice Pops—for everyone who helps.
    “The better you know your neighbors, the safer
    your neighborhood becomes.”
    Note: We DO plant in the rain, but NOT during thunder storms, to ensure safety. 
    *To see photo albums of our planting sessions from LAST year go to http://seeclickfix.com/issues/1100813 and scroll down for links of Each Week.
    >(Note that THIS year we meet on THURSDAYS./Este año nos reunimos los jueves.)
    El Programa de Greenspace en tu vecindario: ¡Venga a nuestra primera plantación de la temporada! en Fourth Street entre Howard y Greenwich Ave, el jueves, 4 de junio, 6 PM-7:30 PM. Conozca a sus vecinos y ayúdanos a crear una de las más bellas zonas de New Haven. Habrá Ice Pops gratis—para todos los que ayudan.
     “Cuanto más conoces a tus vecinos, tu vecindario más seguro se convierte.”
    Atención: Plantamos en la lluvia, pero NO trabajamos en las tormentas eléctricas, por nuestra seguridad. 
    ~~~Chris Schaefer, Your Neighborhood Master Gardener/
    el jardinero maestro de tu vecindario
    203-668-6348 schaeferchristopher@yahoo.com
    ***Plants are provided for FREE by Yale’s Urban Resources Initiative Greenspace program. For more info about this program go to http://www.environment.yale.edu/uri/programs/community-greenspace/
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  • 72 4th Street New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    There is a nearly-dead Norway Maple in front of 72-74 Fourth Street. Resident-homeowner fears that this tree will fall on her home if it remains for another winter and/or hurricane season. (Hurricane season begins in June and typically revs up in August, so it would be great to get this removed ASAP. Thanks.)
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  • 90 Second Street New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Driver of sweeper number 131 just did a great job of the Second Street dead-end (behind Betsy Ross School). That area was not well-designed for street sweepers when the dead-end was created to build the school c. 15 years ago. So thanks for taking the extra time to get in there and clean up the mess.
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