At Yale, city offers as many lessons as classroom

April 20, 2006 • 0
More than anything else I will leave behind on May 22, it is hard for me to believe that this particular tale of the city, of my city, is coming to an end. When I began writing this column three years ago, I never expected that it would become one of the central parts of »

City must set high standard for landlords

April 3, 2006 • 0
Signing the lease or sublease for your first apartment, be it a snazzy studio or a room in a dilapidated house, is a rite of passage. I remember the day two years ago, when my friends and I struggled to ignite the pilot light on our hot water heater, only to discover that the tenants »

Seniors will leave lasting impact on city

March 20, 2006 • 0
In my last column, I tipped my hat in the direction of some of the many organizations that are doing good work based on the premise that Yale students and New Haven residents are citizens of the same city and share the same concerns (“Bridging town, gown key to citizenship,” 2/20). Because graduation is approaching, »

Bridging town, gown key to citizenship

February 20, 2006 • 0
Two weeks ago, I sent out a call to nominate people who have exemplified good citizenship in New Haven or strong approaches to citizenship that would benefit all students. I was surprised to only get three responses; there are far more people and organizations who are doing a wonderful — and frequently unheralded — job »

Students must be civic-minded

February 6, 2006 • 0
In the past several weeks, two columns have raised serious questions about the evolving relationship between Yale students and the city that surrounds them. Ally Brundige lamented the decline of volunteerism among Yale students (“Separation of town, gown hurts both,” 1/24), and Daniel Koffler criticized the University’s response to allegations that New Haven Police officers »

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January 23, 2006 • 0
So much energy has gone into writing, testifying on and making accusations about the future of the Yale-New Haven Cancer Center that it often seems like the project is the only issue at stake in this city. It’s not, of course, but the debate has sapped attention from any number of the city’s other problems »

Shalek: Now comes the toughest work

January 9, 2006 • 1
Because it’s a new year, and because I do believe that everyone deserves a break at the start of a new job, I’d like to offer Ward 1 Alderman Nick Shalek a few pieces of advice. I thought Shalek was the less qualified candidate in last fall’s aldermanic campaign and I was dismayed by the »

Carl Goldfield impresses without the drama

December 7, 2005 • 1361
In all of the bickering and horse-trading that have marked the contentious race for the presidency of the Board of Aldermen, there are a number of critically important issues at stake. The independence of the board from the mayor’s office, the role New Haven’s growing Latino population plays in city politics and the way the »

Perez builds strong alliances, embodies watchwords

November 16, 2005 • 0
The hand-written signs at last night’s rally in support of Jorge Perez’s re-election to the presidency of the Board of Aldermen bore different messages, but they all ended with the same sentence: “Perez = Open and Fair Government.” Unlike most campaign slogans, it’s not much of an exaggeration. In his 18 years of service on »

City Dems, unions square off

October 31, 2005 • 0
It’s been a quiet general election season in New Haven, Ward 1 excepted, and a week from Tuesday Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will be reelected. Unlike 2003, when DeStefano faced an unsuccessful primary challenge from former Empower New Haven CEO Sherri Killins, no Democrat ran against the mayor this year. While challengers Leslie Harper Blatteau »

The candidates and the company they keep

October 17, 2005 • 0
Ever since Mr. Smith went to Washington, the straight-shooting, squeaky-clean political candidate has been an American Dream. This desire is no less strong at Yale — witness the popularity of the movement for campaign finance reform. In this year’s Ward 1 race, the question of independence — from the unions, from the Office of New »

Voigt’s passing puts dent in city politics

October 10, 2005 • 0
When I got a call on Wednesday afternoon telling me that Phil Voigt had died, it had been a while since I’d seen the 27th Ward alderman, an unfailingly gracious and judicious presence at City Hall. He’d been ill, and I’d been delinquent in my attendance at Board of Alderman meetings in the last year. »