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More on Developing Near Transit Stations; a Homeless Man's Housing Search Continues

Apr 15, 2015

Earlier this week, Connecticut DOT officials shut down a state-owned parking garage at the Stamford Transportation Center. A chunk of concrete fell from one of the parking decks to the deck below over the weekend. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The garage is almost 30 years old, and has been part of a redevelopment plan of the state’s for a very long time -- a plan that will probably involve replacing the parking garage. But for now, it’s closed for evaluation, and that’s thrown off about a thousand commuters who rely on the rails to get to work.

It points to a bigger question: what will the state do about developing around transit stations? Are we stuck planning primarily for cars? 

This hour, we follow up on reaction from around the state to Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed Transit Corridor Development Authority. Spurring development around transit is the overall goal, but how should we get there? We hear from two planning officials on how they think towns might be helped or hurt by the governor's proposal.

Also, we check in with Susan Campbell, who’s been sharing the story of a local homeless man named Sal Pinna, who's been searching for permanent housing. 

John Dankosky, Catie Talarski and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.


  • Anstress Farwell - President, New Haven Urban Design League
  • Rick Dunne - Executive Director, Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
  • Susan Campbell - Writer and former columnist for The Hartford Courant
  • Nate Fox - Director of outreach ministries at Center Church in Hartford