In 1969, Yale planned to demolish the Hill neighborhood to build a parking lot. Residents stepped in and protested the proposal. This Footnotes episode examines two urban renewal plans and asks: How did Yale shape the landscape of New Haven in the 1950s and ’60s? And who did these changes serve? 

Written and produced by Hannah Mark ’25, with production help and editing from Grace Ellis ’25 and Suraj Singareddy ’25. Special thanks to Simone Felton, whose exhibition “City Rewritten” inspired this episode, and to Sean Davis, who voiced Fred Harris. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions.

Hannah Mark covers science and society and occasionally writes for the WKND. Originally from Montana, she is a junior majoring in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health.