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Election 2014: Mayoral Candidates Surveys

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Back in 2010 we did Mayoral Candidate Surveys (Angel Taveras, John Lombardi); with 50 days left until the Primary, it is time for us to do it again.

As in 2010, this year we are seeking your input on those surveys. We will be sending surveys to the candidates for Providence Mayor by the end of the month; please use the comments section (or email us) the questions you’d like the candidates to answer. When the candidates return the surveys, we will be posting the results here on Greater City Providence.

We do need to make a note about comments on Election posts. We have a wonderful mix of people who comment here and are pleased that the comments are civil and intelligent. Elections and the discussions that surround them can be highly emotionally charged. We trust that the level of discourse here will remain high, but we will be editing and/or removing comments if the discourse degrades.

As always, Greater City Providence will not be endorsing a candidate.

We thank you in advance for maintaining civil discourse.

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→ ProJo: Providence City Council OKs tax treaty revision for Capitol Cove development

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ProJo reports that the City Council has approved a tax-stabilization agreement for the Capitol Cove building in Capital Center. The building will continue to house Johnson & Wales dormitories but the developer hopes to build a 169-unit apartment building next door.

The City Council gave initial approval Wednesday night to change in a tax treaty with the new owners of the Capitol Cove complex on Canal Street to let the building continue as a rented college dormitory, a move the developers said was needed to get financing for a new 169-unit apartment project they want to build on a vacant lot next door.

Added to the 134-units the owners of the Regency are planning and the real estate market appears to be showing signs of recovery in Providence.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meetings – July 21 and 23, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meetings Held on June 16, 2014 and June 30, 2014.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities During Past Month and Business Plan for the Period July – December 2014.
  4. Discussion Regarding the Request by Mr. Stephen Beranbaum for Use of a Portion of Parcel 28 for Parking and Vote.
  5. Update from Counsel Regarding District Permitting Process.
  6. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  7. Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  8. III. Public Session

  9. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for August 18, 2014 Meeting.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

Call to Order

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of Meeting of July 9, 2014.
  2. East Side Park: Conceptual Discussion of overall impact and design.
    Fixed Attractions: historic markers, walkways, furniture, art, play.
    Materials and Plan.
  3. Connections to CityWALK, Harbor Walk parks, Point Street bridge, bicycle lanes.

  4. West Side Park: Conceptual Discussion of overall impact and design.
    Fixed Attractions: Water Feature, for Ship Street Triangle; furniture, art, play.
  5. Built Structure(s): program of uses, “look and feel.”

    Flexible Program Spaces: performances, seasonal sales, pushcarts, art, music, theater, temporary installations.

    Community involvement: school children, Children’s Museum, public water access.

    Connections to CityWALK, bicycles lanes, River Walk existing infrastructure and in connection with South Street Landing.

  6. Schedule and timeline in connection with DOT’s I-195 overall schedule.
  7. Vote to Adjourn.

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→ WJAR: New apartments coming soon behind Garden City

“It’s our belief that there is a movement out away from the big suburban house. People want to live in the heart of something where they can be a part of the community and where they have all the amenities and access to all the great things that are happening at Garden City,” said Jordan […]

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Providence Geeks – July 16, 2014

Providence Geeks Wednesday, July 16th, 5:30 – 8pm AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap) RSVP at Facebook Hey! Wednesday is the last Geek Dinner of the summer! (Like all self-respecting RI’ers, we take August off.) Over the past couple of years, Providence Geeks has been […]

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News & Notes

Snowy evening in Helsinki, image (cc) Niklas Sjöblom → The Guardian: Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point “mobility on demand” system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody […]

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Sign-up for Providence Park(ing) Day

Providence businesses and residents can now sign up to be part of Providence’s Second Annual Park(ing) Day, which this year falls Friday, September 19th. Park(ing) Day will feature the state’s first ever temporary protected bike lane from Dean Street to Tobey on Broadway. We hope the temporary installation will start a conversation on permanent changes […]

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – July 14, 2014

Downtown Design Review Committee Monday, July 14, 2014 – 4:45pm Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2014 and June 9, 2014 New Business 159 Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View. 1. […]

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RIPTA to relocate buses out of Kennedy Plaza to accommodate construction starting July 12, 2014

From RIPTA: RIPTA to Temporarily Relocate Bus Stops Out of Kennedy Plaza to Accommodate City of Providence Construction All Routes Detoured Out of Kennedy Plaza Beginning Saturday, July 12, 2014 The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will temporarily relocate all bus stops out of Kennedy Plaza beginning Saturday, July 12, 2014 to accommodate City […]

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GC: Photos

Flickr totally changed the sharing function on their website, and frankly it sucks and causes me to have to rewrite a bunch of code to properly share people’s photos, and a bunch of great photographers who share in our group have changed their share settings; so I haven’t done a GC: Photos post in quite […]

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – July 9, 2014

A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes Public Session Call to Order Pavilion: Discussion and Recommendations for Program of Uses for the built structure in the […]

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2014 Providence 4th of July Celebration – Fireworks and Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra at India Point Park

The City of Providence will be celebrating the 4th again this year with fireworks and a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra at India Point Park. Detail from the City: Mayor Taveras Invites Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra performance and fireworks display highlight BankRI Independence Day Celebration […]

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – June 30, 2014

Conceptual design of pavilion on West Side park. A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes I. Public Session Call to Order: The Chairperson Welcome by Chairperson: […]

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→ ProJo: Demolition sought for remnant of Jewelry District factory

PVD Historic District Commission denies application to demolish Ward Baking/Victory Plating building in Jewelry District. — Patrick Anderson (@andersonpbn) June 23, 2014 A noteworthy piece of the city’s industrial past is threatened with demolition as the owner of the Ward Baking Co. administration building Monday will seek permission from the city’s Historic District Commission to […]

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