Democracy, Demystified

Each fall, twenty-five New Haveners get an inside look at how their city operates.

Photo by Carina Gormley. One evening in late September, I walked into the Aldermanic Hearing Room on the lower level of the New Haven Hall of Records. The room’s walls were lined with maps, planners, and varnished wood trim. Michael Harris leaned against a table as he chatted with the people gathered at the front of the room. When all twenty-six students had arrived, Harris pointed to a city map and requested that we each find our ward. Then, he thanked us for coming, and. . . Read more
Carina Gormley