Friday, September 7, 2012

New Haven, Hamden residents debate security, race, symbolism as fence divides them

By Ann DeMatteo and William Kaempffer
Register Staff
For Hamden resident Garland Patton, the fence that divides his suburban neighborhood from public housing developments in New Haven symbolizes “peace of mind. You’ve got security.”
But for Cliff McClean, who is 80 and lives in the Ribicoff Cottages on the New Haven side of the fence, the barrier evokes a Cold War image.
“What is this? West Germany?” he asked. “Where we’ve got to have a passport to get from one side to the other?”

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