Private sector leaders gathered with federal, state and municipal officials in a ceremony Monday to ...
Today the Capital Center Commission approved plans for a new building in Capital Center, the ...
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will welcome passengers back to the newly-renovated Kennedy ...
Did you look at the new zoning map and see a little piece of downtown ...
Lots of information to digest in this new ordinance, some highlights as we see it; ...
The Economist: Heading north – Londoners in their 30s are moving out
Central Birmingham is buzzing. The fine square in Brindleyplace is lined with snazzy restaurants, and after 6pm, smartly dressed office workers. In 2003 the city got a globby new branch of Selfridges, a posh London department store, and in 2011 its first craft beer bar took over a former post office. Behind the redbrick factory facades of nearby Bradford Street, the yuppies are also taking over, quietly occupying new flats within.
Many of these go-getters are former Londoners. According to the Office of National Statistics, a record number of 30- to 39-year-olds left the capital in the year to June 2013: a net outflow of nearly 22,000 (and a 25% increase on 2010). They have settled in Birmingham, which attracted the largest number, as well as Manchester, Bristol and Oxford. London has long shed people in their 30s. Mainly they want bigger, cheaper living-space for their children. London’s soaring house prices have exacerbated the trend: the city’s average property price rose by 19% in the past year. It now stands at £402,800 – in Birmingham it is £133,700.
Those fleeing London are often moving jobs, too.
Speed up the commuter rail, build more housing… boom, we’re Manchester or Birmingham.
The Boston Globe: Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture
Boston needs bolder buildings, and it needs civic leaders who aren’t afraid to permit them. In what could mark a major turn for Boston’s architectural history, Mayor Marty Walsh signaled Wednesday that not everything needs to built in red brick. Unlike predecessor Tom Menino, he personally won’t be deciding what the tops of new buildings should look like. And, most striking of all, non-boring ideas are now welcome in the city.
“Boston is home to the world’s most innovative thinkers — in science and technology, and in business, art, and architecture,” Walsh said in a speech before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “Our city’s built environment should reflect this culture of imagination. Too often, in recent decades, new buildings have been merely functional. I believe Boston can do better. We should aim for world-class design. Our historic buildings reflect our unique past. New buildings should project the values and aspirations of our growing city. We can balance the old and new.”
…not everything needs to built in red brick.
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Bristol-based Roger Williams University is planning to renovate and lease One Empire Plaza, more than doubling its presence downtown for adult learners when it opens in May of 2016.
The new location will provide expanded space for RWU’s School of Law, School of Continuing Studies and growing array of outreach and engagement programs, including the Latino Policy Institute, HousingWorks RI and the Community Partnerships Center.
It was remarkable how much energy was added to Empire Street for the short time 38 Studios was there, and how it evaporated when they left. It will be nice to have that vitality back.
From the City:
Changes to Traffic Pattern around Kennedy Plaza Beginning December 22
The City of Providence today announced upcoming changes to the traffic pattern on Exchange Terrace. Beginning Monday morning, December 22, Exchange Terrace (East Approach to Exchange Street) will be changed to accommodate 2-way traffic. The remainder of Exchange Terrace will allow two-way traffic later in 2015 when improvements to Emmitt Square are completed.
In preparation for this change, the southern portion of Exchange Terrace (East Approach to Exchange St.) will be barreled off Thursday morning, December 18, to allow westbound traffic to become used to driving on the northern part of Exchange Terrace prior to the switch.
There is a variable message board facing the westbound approach at the Exchange Street/Steeple St. intersection alerting motorists of the change in traffic pattern.
Private sector leaders gathered with federal, state and municipal officials in a ceremony Monday to kick off renovations to the Jewelry District’s South Street Power Station, popularly known as the Dynamo House.
The revamp — expected to be complete by the fall of 2016 — will result in a nursing education center shared by Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island, as well as graduate housing and administrative offices for the University.
Officials joked that this would be “the last groundbreaking at this particular site,” said Dick Galvin ’79, president and founder of Commonwealth Ventures Properties, poking fun at failed past projects that attempted to renovate the former power station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Prior to the actual groundbreaking, officials ranging from Galvin to Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’17 P’14 P’17 voiced their excitement about the project to a crowd of more than 200.
This month at Aurora, enjoy thought provoking and inspiring short films showing how innovative cities around the world are creating livable streets and neighborhoods. What can Providence learn from these successes? The evening includes a brief open discussion after each video, plus free popcorn!
Mayor-elect Jorge O. Elorza today announced his One Providence Inaugural Weekend – an exciting program of inaugural events to showcase Providence, promote community service, and celebrate the occasion as Elorza takes the oath of office as Providence’s 38th Mayor on Monday, January 5, 2015.
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, December 15, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes
Today the Capital Center Commission approved plans for a new building in Capital Center, the second phase of Capitol Cove, now dubbed, The Commons at Providence Station.
City Plan Commission Meeting – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – 4:45pm – 444 Westminster Street, First Floor
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will welcome passengers back to the newly-renovated Kennedy Plaza transit hub on Saturday, January 17, officials announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 10th, 5:30 – 8pm – AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI – FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
Second phase of Capitol Cove and alterations to the GTECH Building on the December 10 Capital Center Commission Meeting.
Did you look at the new zoning map and see a little piece of downtown zoning floating by itself on the back side of Federal Hill? I’m told this piece of downtown zoning in the midst of an otherwise mixed-use manufacturing zone was created by the City Council for a proposed development at 210 West […]
Lots of information to digest in this new ordinance, some highlights as we see it; no parking minimums downtown, parking maximums in designated transit oriented development areas, special provisions for neighborhood commercial in residential areas, changes on Broadway to the Residential-Professional zone to allow more neighborhood commercial by right.
Downtown Design Review Committee Monday, December 8, 2014 – 4:45pm Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Narrowing lanes in Toronto, ‘metro sapiens,’ leadership needed for bike infrastructure, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Boston Surface Railroad Co. has been formed for the specific purpose of creating a commuter rail service between the two New England cities. Vincent Bono, the largest stockholder and general manager of the new company, said plans are in the first stages of developing what he hopes will eventually be three trains per day traveling […]
A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Parks Design Subcommittee will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014, beginning at 4:45pm.