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Work crews crushed to bits a piece of the Hill’s and New Haven’s controversial past—and possibly a promising future. Activists Jackie James and Maurice “Blest” Peters said a developer double-crossed the neighborhood.

James, the neighborhood’s alderwoman, and Peters, a youth worker and co-chair of a community group called CORD, are mourning the demolition this week of the house at 35 Sylvan Ave. The house served as one of the headquarters in the early ‘70s for New Haven’s Black Panther Party chapter.

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