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In downtown New Haven, a wide cut of railroad tracks runs parallel to State St. This cut is a physical barrier that separates Wooster Square from downtown. Prior to the construction of Interstate 91 in the s, the railroad cut was the largest manmade alteration of land in the immediate area. The cut expansion of the early s decimated historic neighborhoods arguably creating a precedent for the cataclysmic period of urban renewal in New Haven in the s to the s.
In the first decade of the 20th century the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad went through its most dramatic period of consolidation and growth. Morgan owned controlling interests in the railroad and his plan was to not only consolidate all of the New England railro under one banner, but to consolidate ALL public transportation in New England as part of the New Haven-based line. This meant trolleys, maritime shipping, and railro would be under one roof as a massive monopoly.
Today Union St. Both of these are markers of the mid-century Redevelopment era. New construction is underway, set to transform the block into a residential and expanded business district. All of this is on the grounds of what was once a thriving multi-cultural neighborhood, filled with homes, theaters, taverns and hotels that served as the gateway to the Elm City by rail and sea dating back to the s. Abraham Lincoln delivered a campaign speech here on March 6, just weeks after his famous speech at Cooper Union in New York City, where he broke through and became a national celebrity leading to his election as president in the fall of that year.
Slightly run-down and densely populated, the block sat on the edge of the downtown dry-goods and trade district and a growing industrial immigrant neighborhood that was still peppered with old colonial hotels and taverns that accommodated sailors and merchants who worked in the nearby wharves. Despite ificant blowback from the citizens of New Haven the railroad bought up all of the property along the eastside of the cut including Union St. Abandoning an alternative plan that would have moved the rail lines outside of downtown and run them along the Mill River from the harbor to Cedar Hill, the railroad eventually won approval for the complete demolition of the old street and the expansion of the cut.
A silver lining was that the city did not have to pay for the construction of the expanded cut, which the railroad company had been attempting to do. The associated costs of massively expanding their footprint in New Haven and throughout New England contributed years later to the eventual collapse of the railroad altogether. Admission, Hours and Directions. Events Calendar. Parking and Transportation. Group Tours. Museum Map. The Whitney Library. Library Services. Pardee-Morris House. Museum Shop. Current Exhibitions. Photograph Collections. Rights and Reproduction Requests.
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