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Schiavone, Joel, 2004 November 23

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001

Scope and Contents

Joel Schiavone, born in New York, is a New Haven developer. He discusses his efforts to develop downtown New Haven since the 1970s. He talks about the challenges of integrating multiple areas and ideas in a development project, encompassing architecture, finances, business, and psychology. He describes why and how he got involved in developing downtown New Haven. He mentions urban renewal in the 1950s and 60s as a motivation, which, he describes, weakened downtown New Haven districts and neighborhoods. He talks about why he believes downtown areas are important to urban growth and reputation. He describes the renovation and expansion of New Haven downtown districts and neighborhoods in the context of Yale University and gives his opinion of their interplay over the years. He lists past projects to revitalize New Haven and analyzes his perceptions of their strengths and weaknesses, specifically mentioning Chapel Street's development. He compares New Haven's downtown development to that of other urban cities and college towns, such as New York City, Boston, Oxford, and Austin. He shares his vision for downtown New Haven's future, defined, he says, in for-profit sectors and the integration of downtown sites and residential neighborhoods.

Interviewer: Kutner, Jeremy

Length (min): 80, 30


  • 2004 November 23

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1 Computer Files (.wav)

1:49:34 Duration (HH:MM:SS.mmm)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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