kppeterc15 t1_jdcv2wo wrote

I've never personally lived there but my wife and I came close to buying a condo on Front Street in 2018. Neighbors seemed wonderful.

In the years since a few of my friends have bought houses/condos in the area (it's about the only part of town where a younger adult can still afford to) and they all like it a lot. We love where we settled in Hamden but part of me wishes we'd ended up part of the wave of Millennial homesteaders along the river.


kppeterc15 t1_jbkqujg wrote

If you had kept walking up Elm Street past the Shops, you would have arrived at the historic New Haven Green, with easy access to Yale's Old Campus and Cross Campus, both of which are accessible by the public. You also could have seen quite a bit more little nooks and crannies of Yale's campus. It's not a gated compound, it's an urban campus that's pretty well integrated into the surrounding city center.


kppeterc15 t1_j7kwrbd wrote

My wife and I have lived in Hamden for about 4 years now. We love it. Whitneyville/Spring Glen area offers a nice, walkable neighborhood and an easy commute to downtown New Haven. (We mostly take the 228 bus down Whitney Ave. Canal Trail is also great for bike commuting.)

In terms of crime, Hamden deals with a lot of the same stuff as any suburb these days — mainly car/property-related. Keep your doors locked and don't leave your car running and you'll probably be fine. There has been a small number of high-profile muggings/purse-snatchings in Hamden Plaza in the last couple of years, but it's certainly not a warzone like some people make it out to be.

Not sure what the rental market is like, but it can't be any worse than New Haven!


kppeterc15 t1_j5tvpyh wrote

  1. Regardless of what Ms. Williams was wearing or how she was behaving, Whalley is well-lit and its speed limit is 25 mph. If the driver didn't see her until literally after the moment if impact, then they were either not watching the road at all, going much too fast, or both. (Most likely both.) No question in my mind.

  2. Regardless of the particulars of this specific case, Whalley has consistently been a deadly and dangerous road for pedestrians. If there's an issue with frequent jaywalking, that's an issue of design. If people are driving too fast too often, that's an issue of design. Whalley Ave. is a busy commercial corridor flanked on both sides by dense residential neighborhoods. It's a terrible place for a five-land road without any traffic calming measures. Until the state and local government do something about this, people are going to continue to be injured and worse.