NORWALK, Conn. – John Levin’s vision for Norwalk includes a nude beach on Manresa Island and a large, industrially scaled state prison (privately run) in Rowayton.
Levin didn’t get up to share his thoughts at a November Norwalk Tomorrow visioning forum but attracted a few appreciative onlookers after the event ended.
“I love it,” Tod Bryant said, while a man who would only identify himself as “Leon” offered his own ideas, asking if the nude beach would be for gay people.
“It’s hard to make a nude beach gay or not gay, but I think it should be marketed as a good gay destination,” Levin said.
Levin and his wife, Diane Keefe arrived late to the forum, and while she joined a group to make serious suggestions to the consult anting firm Stantec, Levin filled a map all on his own with squiggly lines and a signature wish list.
Land uses would include a Mohegan Sun resort on Calf Pasture Point, a 18 Flags white nationalist theme park where the Shorehaven Country Club is currently and Bob Jones University (north campus) just south of the East Norwalk railroad tracks, north of Winfield Street.
“This is the vision,” Levin said to admiring onlookers.
There would be a marijuana farm in Oak Hills Park.
“This is not a well-organized town,” Levin said, acknowledging that Weed Avenue is miles from the park, where the available land is.
“What we should do is rename the streets in West Norwalk,” he said.
Levin’s Norwalk would feature tolls on the Merritt Parkway (in both directions), and an an I.C.E. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) office at the toll to catch incoming Mexicans.
Leon suggested that it also catch Canadians and maybe Columbians.
“The Cubans are coming,” Leon said, indicating a possible water invasion. “We need ICE.”
The Levin Norwalk would feature an affordable house – one – strategically located along the Darien border, and a Trump University in close proximity to the Bob Jones fans, on the other side of the tracks. The section of Norwalk that Levin lives in, which includes Cranbury Park, would be returned to the native Americans.
The library would be bulldozed and Norwalk Hospital would be turned into a rehab center.
Levin said he told Stantec consultants that they had to include his map, dubbed “Table 11 kicks ass,” in their official summary of Norwalk visioning. He wasn’t confident that it would be done, however.
It’s too bad, because the vision is well thought out.
Take, for example, his thoughts for Route 1, bookended on either end with a Cumberland Farms, one for Darien residents and one for the Westport crowd.
“This is planning,” he said, of Connecticut Avenue. “We have check cashing stores and the liquor stores and the strip clubs all located with hourly hotels on each end.”
Finally, under Levin’s plan, Norwalk’s new slogan would be, “Norwalk – where everyone belongs except those who don’t, and you know who you are!!!”
John Levin is Board chairman of Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc., the parent company of NancyOnNorwalk.