Big Ideas (That Didn't Work)

Fire Island Inlet Bridge (part of the Robert Moses Causeway).
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If you watch "House of Cards," you might have noticed a main storyline about a bridge from Long Island to Connecticut. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here's the thing: it was a real idea!

From bridges, to highways, to malls, Where We Live takes a look at some outlandish project ideas that -- for some reason or another -- just never worked. Why isn’t there a bridge connecting Connecticut and Long Island? And why wasn't the New Haven Galleria mall ever built?


  • Anthony Flint - Fellow and director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City
  • Barbara Maynard - Former First Selectwoman of Old Saybrook
  • Jeremy Kutner - Lawyer who graduated from Yale Law School and previously worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor
  • Paul Timpanelli - President and CEO of Bridgeport Regional Business Council