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Ground breakers

The man had been sleeping in the bottom of the stairwell for years. From the top of the parking garage staircase, one could hardly make out what was curled...

Poetic justice

I. “‘Let us descend into the blind world now,’ the poet, who was deathly pale, began; ‘I shall go first and you will follow me.’” Inferno, Canto IV The...

Paying for freedom

Wednesday, Oct. 12. Another morning at the office in Courtroom B of the Elm Street Courthouse: to the left of the white marble-walled room, the court lawyers and their...

New Haven blues

Barbara Fair was holding it together. It was past 6 p.m., and Mayor Toni Harp, ARC ’78, still hadn’t appeared. Fair and a group of 20 or so New Haven...

Picking up the pieces

It is a hot September Friday in New Haven. Traffic crawls down the steaming pavement and clogs the intersection of College and Elm. Students enter and exit a large...

Life with parole

When Governor Dannel Malloy first announced his Second Chance Initiative in December, Dan Jusino was skeptical. Malloy argued that by diverting ex-offenders into programs of “rapid attachment” to the...

The electoral high school

The first time I ever voted was in the last midterm election at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, IL. I bounced into the silent carpeted room ready to check...

The bend point

The bend point is the place on a strand of hair that dictates where a hairdresser should cut. It is the furthest place at which a strand can be...

Hidden in plain sight

A security guard flags me down and, with a sly smile, gestures toward a tomato red wall. “Have you read the article?” he asks. I shake my head, and...

Sanctuary city

A burdened sigh crackles through the phone. “I left because it was really, really bad,” Lidia tells me in Spanish. “It’s still really difficult for me to talk about....

Drug developers

On Jan. 19, 2016, Alexion Pharmaceuticals officially moved their headquarters into a new flagship building at 100 College Street. The structure towers over downtown New Haven, 11 stories of...

Burnt bone

“I’d like to watch a cremation,” I tell Beth on my first visit to Trail’s End Pet Crematory in Westbrook, Conn. Beth is a soft blond who works in...

Bloodstained brothers

Four men stand on the corner of College and Chapel street in New Haven on Sat. Oct. 3, dressed head to toe in white Tyvek painter overalls, shivering. On...

Committing to diversity

Black women do not feel safe on Yale’s campus—“at off-campus parties, in classrooms, and otherwise.” This statement is among the most jarring lines in a list of demands for...

Loving the aliebn

When Jonathan Sun was a student at the Yale School of Architecture, he had an exclusive agreement with his studio professor: he, and no one else in the class,...

Choice in crisis

Birthright of Greater New Haven feels a little like a grandma’s parlor, except for the small plastic models of fetuses on display. There’s a green velvet couch, flowers on...

Behind the wheel

Nighttime at Phil’s Driving School has us sprawled in our chairs, picking away at our phones, our nail beds, the scum at the bottom of our shoes. It’s a...