Great coverage in today's New Haven Independent on the city's official groundbreaking ceremony for the 360 State development. Shovels have been in the ground for over a month, so the ceremony was largely ceremonial, but the importance of the event was not understated:
The city is well along in a plan to downscale the highway and turn it into an urban boulevard. This will allow the city to reconnect the street grid that predated the highway. This will make about 12 acres available for development, doubling the size of downtown, DeStefano said in an interview last week. By replacing the highway, once known as the Oak Street Connector, now the Richard C. Lee Connector, officials will get space for walkable residential and commercial development and will connect downtown to the Yale Medical School, the railroad station and eventually the Long Wharf commercial area. It will improve connections with the Hill neighborhood, as well..... Doubling the size of downtown just makes sense. As it would in Hartford. The disastrous placement of I-84 through the city orphaned the northern part of downtown; it now looks like an archaeological site.