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Quintin Johnstone Prize in Real Property Law. Established by the CATIC Foundation. (R. Ellickson, J. Langbein, C. Priest) (to the student in his second or third year at the law school who has demonstrated excellence in the area of real property law)


In the summer of 2006, the City of New Haven decided to fill in what it saw as a gaping hole in its urban fabric. For over 40 years, the site of the once-grand Shartenberg Department Store had sat, flat and unimproved, as a surface parking lot, the unfortunate consequence of the city’s urban renewal efforts of the 1960s and 70s. For city planners, the continued existence of a run-down parking lot where a New Haven iconic structure had once stood was a reminder of the economic decline of the city in the latter half of the twentieth century, and a cautionary tale about the perils of inappropriate city planning. Yet the site also represented a unique opportunity for large-scale development in the heart of the city’s downtown – an accidental asset that presented a chance to do something new, different, and transformative. After years of waiting for something positive to emerge from the site, many city officials wanted an ambitious re-conception of a long-neglected block.

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