As the Congress Avenue Building nears completion, a flurry of smaller projects alters the campus scene.
Before suburbs lured people from cities and Route 34 drove a wedge through downtown New Haven, the neighborhood surrounding the medical school bustled with businesses, shops and restaurants. In recent years, however, campus buildings have offered a stern face to the outside world, uninviting to those not practicing or studying medicine or seeking medical attention.
Now, as a number of construction projects near completion, the medical school campus is undergoing a major facelift. At the corner of Cedar Street and Congress Avenue, buildings which for years were open only to those bearing a Yale or hospital ID now include two stores catering to the public—the Yale Medical Bookstore and Cappuccino’s & More, a gourmet coffee shop.