July 27, 2018, The New Haven Independent, by Thomas Breen- City officials presented an updated traffic calming plan for Yale Avenue — aka “Anarchy Road” — that now includes speed humps and a raised crosswalk in addition to the previous proposal’s two-way cycletrack and over 300 new parking spaces along Edgewood Park. Most neighbors welcomed the plan. The only question left before city officials can make these plans a reality is: will the neighborhood’s alder support the project?
Friday | July 27, 2018
Wednesday | July 25, 2018
July 25, 2018, by Markeshia Ricks- "Connecticut’s first cat cafe is a step closer to opening in Westville Village center now that the Board of Zoning Appeals granted its owners a special exception Tuesday night. Mew Haven Cat Cafe owners Michael and Angela Pullo were given that green light after a short public hearing at 200 Orange St., where those in favor of the first-of-its-kind venture for the state and the city showed their support. The couple gathered approximately 1,000 signatures in support of opening their hybrid coffee shop/cat shelter at 904 Whalley Ave.
Friday | July 6, 2018
July 5, 2018, New Haven Biz, by Wendy Pierman Mitzel- "New Haven Biz speaks with Lizzy Donius, executive director of the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance. Established in 1996, the WVRA is a non-profit that works to promote economic development and historic preservation at the foot of West Rock. Through initiatives like zoning changes, beautification efforts and cultural event marketing, the organization is building a strong New Haven community. Q. What are some of your latest accomplishments with zoning and development in Westville? A.
Friday | June 29, 2018
June 26, 2018, by Christopher Arnott- "The newish New Haven small-theater ensemble The Harpers is doing “Cabaret” with a bare-minimum (and half-dressed) nine-person cast. The actors double as the band, playing piano, violin, melodica, a small trap drum, cymbals, washboard, trombone and a slew of kazoos and ukuleles. It’s a rasping hoot of a show, deconstructing sacred musical theater values and crassly dramatizing the breakdown of society and government.
June 19, 2018, by Erik Ofgang- "When AJ Keirans talks about the “art” of craft beer, he’s not talking about the skill that went into making a specific brew — he means it literally. Keirans, of Shelton, is the host of The 16oz.
Tuesday | June 5, 2018
June 1, 2018, by Thomas Breen-"First fix the speeding by drivers on Anarchy Road. Then we can talk about bike lanes. Fifty Westville neighbors sent that message to city officials Thursday night as they blasted an early draft of a city proposal to reconfigure the layout of Yale Avenue's bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and parking spots. Many of the neighbors criticized the plan for paying insufficient attention to what they saw as the most important problem on the block: high-speed traffic.
June 5, 2018, by Markeshia Ricks- "Were they voting to save SROs? Or preventing them from being built? Downtown Alder Abby Roth asked colleagues that question during debates over two bills that became law Monday night. In a 23 to 4 vote, the Board of Alders approved a zoning ordinance text amendment that will put a six to nine-month moratorium on converting single room occupancy (SRO) facilities into market-rate housing or lodging. The goal: Preserve that kind of affordable housing.
Tuesday | May 22, 2018
"After enduring criticism of their initial design, the developer and architect who plan to transform the vacant lot where the former Delaney’s used to stand showed off the latest iteration at the City Plan Commission. The City Plan Commission in a unanimous vote at its most recent meeting approved plans to build a three-story 23,934 square foot building at 882 Whalley Ave.
Thursday | May 17, 2018
May 16, 2018, By Brian Slattery- "A row of red houses, all the same. Beyond that, another row of houses, same as the red houses, but white. A third row of houses, same as the first two except in blue. Everything’s neat and tidy, in primary colors. Safe behind a stockade of popsicle sticks. The wall looks solid. But one stiff breath, and you might be able to blow it down. The piece — titled The New American Dream — lies at the heart of “Walls,” an exhibit of artwork by Liz Antle-O’Donnell that deals with gated communities, in which millions of Americans currently live.