Call to Renew

Nearly two centuries later, a members-only library could once again become the center of intellectual life in New Haven.

No sign at The Institute Library urges visitors to keep their voices down, but there is little to tempt guests here from breaking usual reading room etiquette. The main floor is empty on a Friday in early August. Each of the oversized red chairs sits vacant in the back room of this second story library—an unlikely and unnoticeable fixture of Chapel Street’s cramped commercial row, nestled between a tattoo parlor and dated pawn shop. Books wait to be shelved at The Institute Library. An enormous. . . Read more
Clare Sestanovich
How to Keep a Promise

The New Haven Promise program goes off to college this fall.

Graffitti outside High School in the Community. Photo by Jacque Feldman The long mid-morning class period, which lasts from 10:05 to 11:35, can be tedious if you’re a student at Wilbur Cross, a public high school in New Haven. On a rainy day in early April, class was especially tedious for one student, whom I will call Shawn. He was working in the school library’s computer room with his junior English classmates, and he was supposed to be researching a presentation on “Battle Royal,” the. . . Read more
Jacqueline Feldman
Talking Shops

The story of a street, a city, and a school.

The printer on the second floor of Tyco beats like the heartbeat of a marathoner gone aerobic. Founded by Michael Iannuzzi in 1971, the copying and printing company is one of the few small business that have seen the transformation of Broadway. Cutler's Record Shop still exists today; David's Cookies and Ice Cream, however, has long been replaced. Educated Burgher is another. There, a 1984 map of New Haven’s businesses still hangs on the wall, faded and irrelevant. Fewer than half of the businesses depicted. . . Read more
Juliana Hanle
Building Blocks

New Haven models new development on an old urban ideal.

John DeStefano is a development man. Since his mayoral inauguration in 1993, his administration has directed billions of dollars, year after year, to rebuilding New Haven—gutting and renovating its schools, developing blighted neighborhoods through the Livable City Initiative, and revitalizing empty business districts like Orange Street and the Ninth Square. DeStefano sees his work as a march toward the future, but the future he envisions is very much like the New Haven of 90 years ago: a living, walking, and working urban environment with a. . . Read more
Sarah Nutman