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New Haven was once known as the “model city” - for a massive urban redesign in the 1950s and 60s.

That renewal - 50 years later - has divided the city. Literally and emotionally.  Now, some of the damage is being repaired - a plan to reconnect a “downtown” crossing where homes and businesses were destroyed to make way for a highway.

How Many "Miles-Per-Gallon" Does Your Building Get?

Jun 15, 2012
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Business leaders, policymakers, and advocates gathered in Stamford for a two-day summit on energy efficiency this week. High up on the agenda was finding a way to encourage businesses to track their own energy usage so they can reduce their emissions and save money. 

You probably know how many miles per gallon your car gets. But what about a similar kind of rating for the building you work in? Or the building you live in? Most of us have no idea, and it would be pretty hard to find out.

Diane Orson

A highway that once divided a New Haven neighborhood is bringing neighbors back together.  We report on a public art project that’s transformed a barren underpass into a lively mural of familiar faces.

To get from downtown New Haven to upper State Street, you have to pass under Route 91.

Most people see rusty steel beams that stretch a couple hundred feet, grey cold walls and eerie lighting. But to Ben Berkowitz, the highway underpass is something different.  

"Huge blank canvases, the perfect place to turn New Haven Inside Out."

Paved Paradise

Jun 4, 2012
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Picture a parking lot....what comes to mind? A sea of asphalt, white lines, birds pecking at discarded food. Don’t forget the stray shopping carts, bright lighting at night, and blinding glare by day. Not the most pleasant place.

U.S. Army photo bt Sgt. Jerry Saslav, Massachusetts National Gua

We come to rely on our communities being a certain way. A disaster can change all that.

It can take the form of a tornado. That’s what happened one year ago in Joplin Missouri - a city that was nearly wiped out - with 160 of its residents killed.

Sustainable Density

Mar 30, 2012

Worldwide, more people are moving to cities than ever before...but can our cities handle the load?

Between 1990 and 2008, the EPA reports that in roughly half of the 50 largest metropolitan regions dramatically increased their growth.

Why are people flocking back? Lower crime rates...along with a desire by empty nesters and young adults for walkable communities...high-paying jobs, stores, restaurants, parks, and supermarkets.

Then there’s high cost of commuting as gas prices go up.

Crossing The Bridge

Mar 1, 2012
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In the nearly five years since a tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota, the nation’s bridges have been under scrutiny.

And a national overview shows that 11.5% of the country’s bridges are “structurally deficient.” But what does that mean exactly? Are they in danger of falling apart, like the span over I-35 in Minneapolis, or the Mianus River Bridge on I-95 that killed motorists in Connecticut in 1983?

Historic Preservation

Feb 27, 2012

You know how we love main street preservation and architecture here on where we live. Sometimes, though, you need to step back and ask: Is it really better to spend money fixing up an old building than replacing it with a new one?  

The Urban Metabolism

Jan 31, 2012

Having a “high metabolism” is seen as a positive for humans...what about cities?

The idea of “urban metabolism” comes from a new book by Austin Troy, associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  He’s the author of The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities

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It's been a little more than a week since Tropical Storm Irene blew through Connecticut causing widespread damage and power outages. On Thursday, FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open across the state to respond to homeowners and businesses affected by the storm.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Scott Divico of the State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. He says it's important for residents and business owners to register first with FEMA. The number is 1-800-621-3362 or www.disasterassistance.gov

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No matter what you think of trucks and truckers, trying going a day without anything that made at least part of its way to you on a truck. It would be a quiet day, I think. 

Architecture In The Public Interest

Jul 25, 2011
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What if the blueprints to the next great American building were released to the public and it was designed collaboratively?

That’s a far cry from the “individualistic” approach in the iconic novel, “The Fountainhead.”  

This new idea suggests all of us might have something to contribute to Architecture.  It’s called “Open Source Architecture” and it’s based on an inclusive approach to the profession.

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Despite less than six months in office, Governor Dannel Malloy was a crowd favorite at Tuesday's transit forum in Hartford.

One of his fans was Floyd Lapp, director of the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency.

"Here comes another bouquet for former mayor Malloy," Lapp said.

Lapp was one of many at Tuesday's forum who said Governor Malloy’s experience rebuilding the area around Stamford's train station while mayor should serve the state well.

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We can put a man on the moon. Why can't we make our roads look less like the moon?