Fence separating Hamden and New Haven neighborhoods to be torn down, some residents unhappy

HAMDEN/NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Emotions are strong on both sides of the fence that runs roughly 0.3 miles along Woodin Street in Hamden and New Haven.

Many on the Hamden side don’t want to see it come down.

“I’m not scared, just concerned,” said Doug Boynar, who lives on the Hamden side.

On the other side of the fence, new housing units are going up, and a street is being constructed to give residents a more direct route to Hamden.

“I won’t have to go all the way around New Haven just to go to Hamden. I can cut right through,” said Tyshena Williams, who lives on the New Haven side.

To make that happen, the fence has to go.

Most of the units at the Ribicoff Cottages are now borded up, but before the fence was constructed, people on the Hamden side said that the area was the scene of a lot of crime.

“Before this went up, the chain link, they kept cutting it and there were roaming gangs of kids on this street,” said Bryan Massey, whose family has lived on the Hamden side of the fence for more than 50 years.

“It was basically a situation of vandalism, and it wasn’t a black and white thing,” said Harvey Massey.

On the New Haven side of the fence, one woman said she has her own fears of people on the Hamden side.

“I’m kind of scared of the people over there, you know?” the woman said.

Others say tearing down the fence will have no impact at all on crime.

“It really doesn’t matter. Whether the fence is up or down, there’s still going to be crimes,” said Levita Bell.

Hamden residents have a meeting planned for 7 p.m. on Monday night at the town hall on the corner of Dixwell and Whitney.

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