Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Big Ideas (That Didn't Work)

Fire Island Inlet Bridge (part of the Robert Moses Causeway).
Fire Island Inlet Bridge (part of the Robert Moses Causeway).
Credit tsaiproject / Creative Commons

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

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