Opinion: Predictions for 2020

John Levin visits The SoNo Collection recently.

Story updated at 3:26 p.m. to eliminate a formatting issue and show 16 predictions. 

Can you believe it? 2020 already?  Is time speeding up?  Well, heck – it seems I hit about 40 percent of the first 10 with last year’s predictions – counting 4, 8, 9, and 10 as wins.  Here’s trying for a beat with 10 (plus) predictions for the new year:

  1. Norwalk’s RTC gains new members, new energy
  2. The Norwalk Arts Commission commissions a mural to cover the entire west facing side of 50 Washington St. Controversy ensues and different people in Norwalk bicker over it, with almost everyone having an opinion. Comments for a single NancyOnNorwalk story exceed 100.
  3. After hearing about the new mural at 50 Washington St., Billy Eichner makes a surprise visit to Norwalk and does an episode of Billy On The Street on, of course: Washington Street.
  4. Arts continue to bloom in Norwalk; the SoNo sign, cleverly concealed below the railroad trestle at the corner of Washington and East Main streets, is temporarily altered.
  5. The 5-way intersection of East Avenue, Park Street, East Wall Street and Hubbells Lane receives consideration for “smart” traffic lights.  Unusually: this change is greeted with universal acclaim and relief by all Norwalkers with not a single dissenting voice.
  6. LaKota Oaks changes its name.
  7. Mike Barbis leaves the Norwalk Board of Education.
  8. Former four-term Norwalk Mayor Bill Collins is appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency by current four-term Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.
  9. The bottom floor, northwest corner of SoNo Collection remains vacant for all of 2020.
  10. Norwalk’s Conservation Commission grants an amendment to the easement on 8 Norden Place requested by Summit Saugatuck LLC. [As a result, Summit’s 8-30g Application to build 187 housing units (57 units designated “affordable”) meets yet another hurdle since the project’s original 2002 inception.]
  11. Jason Milligan and Harry Rilling agree on something.
  12. Wilton shows no interest in solving its 8-year school enrollment decline and school overcapacity challenges by merging districts with Norwalk.
  13. The Cranbury Park “bunk house” gets an actual name.
  14. Datto files for an IPO.
  15. One or the other of Norwalk’s political parties hosts a fundraising event at Hilltop Pub in South Norwalk.
  16. Snowfall in Norwalk does not exceed 12 inches in any 24-hour period.


John ONeill January 1, 2020 at 11:18 am

You forgot one prediction: If Norwalk does not get state support for ELL programs our current elected state senator will be an ex senator at this time next year. Zero support is unacceptable and voters need to step up. Rilling will either cut services or raise taxes to handle this crisis in our schools.

David Muccigrosso January 2, 2020 at 8:54 am

11. Hah! Not unless it’s “mutual hatred”…

12. Aww. This totally reminds me of my hometown of STL and the fights between the city, county, and exurbs. No one wants to claim the city when it comes to paying for the amazing free parks and museums or other public services, but they sure as shootin’ show up whenever someone starts talking about selling off the airport!

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