City of New Haven and Yale University : New Haven, CT
Broadway was a flourishing retail precinct during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but the area’s pedestrian vitality was eroded by parking lots and traffic problems. The City of New Haven and Yale University jointly developed a project to revive the district, asking us to do the design.
The parking island is now sequestered within a ring of American elm trees, the wonder of Broadway in the nineteenth century, and enclosed in new cast iron fencing, a replica of the fencing that encircles the New Haven Green. We redesigned the roads to improve traffic flow, provided a number of safe pedestrian crossings, more clearly defined the sidewalks and increased curbside parking spaces adjacent to the stores.
Re-established as a significant place within the fabric of New Haven, the Broadway District thrives at the confluence of urban and campus life.