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Residual Mobilities


Residual Mobilities examines the history of New Haven’s transportation. The project is a curated tour of the area surrounding State Street and James Street. Deliverables included a map of the area, photographs, historical imagery, and extended captions, all compiled into a pamphlet.

Transportation in New Haven has run the historical gamut, from rivers to roads, from buses to bikeshare. This interpretive tour will examine the residual spaces left behind by these various methods of movement over time, traces of a past mobility, in contrast with new developments as a method for exploring the multimodal history of New Haven transportation. The area immediately surrounding the intersection of State Street and James Street is an apt area for this tour as it contains a high density of transportation-related spaces. Within a 0.1 mile radius of this intersection lie six different sites, each of which provide a platform for examination of some type of mobility. The tour will move roughly chronologically, starting with the Mill River as a site of recreational transportation and commerce. Next, it will address two key types of rail transport with very different functions. At the streetcar barn the tour will explore the railroad, which handles long range passenger and freight transport. Then it will move on to the old streetcar barn to address the trollies, which served New Haven on a smaller scale. The tour then moves across the  road from the old streetcar barn to a retired bus depot, representing a shift in transportation from rail to rubber tire. The construction of highways during urban redevelopment captures the next major epoch of transportation, one that continues to shape New Haven’s urban form today. Lastly, we explore bikeshare, a new and trendy form of urban transportation, and examine how it fits into New Haven.

Created for URBN 353: Urban Field Geography (Fall 2019).
1/1 pamphlet printed. 6" x 9", ink on Bristol, laser etched museum board.