News & Notes

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[Boston] Public food market gets $10m promise [] The Boston Public Market will be located along the Greenway in a building close to the location of the current Haymarket. The market is expected to be open in 12-18 months. RIPTA trying to avoid reductions to bus service [ProJo] The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is looking into avoiding service reductions …

Dangerous by Design

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Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know. In recent years a little noticed shift has been transforming suburbia: the home of the middle class has become the home of the working poor. As a result, roadways that were built for the car are now used by a growing population that can’t afford to drive. The consequences can be …

Videos: London Bicycle Superhighways

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London recently launched a series of what they are calling, Cycle Superhighways along roads in the city. Below are some videos of the superhighways in user by gaz545 from YouTube: Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 7 – Colliers Wood to The City Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 3 – Barking to Tower Gateway Cycle Super Highway Route 7 Via GOOD

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Efficient Public Transit Key Part of Healthy Environment [ecoRI] No More Pavement! The Problem of Impervious Surfaces [The Earth Institute at Columbia University] Work on new Sakonnet River Bridge a month ahead of schedule [ProJo] New Haven, Stamford Enter Streetcar Wars with Proposed Station-to-Downtown Links [The TransportPolitic] Architecture’s Modern Marvels [Vanity Fair]

GC: Photos – Hot town, summer in the city

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In this GC: Photos post I’m sharing my photos, because I’m a little megalomaniacal, don’t you know? By the next GC: Photos update I will be over my megalomaniacalness and be ready to post some reader submissions. If you’d like your photos featured here, join our Flickr Group and submit them.

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Preserving modernism in Boston: making the case [] Andrew Knee: Milwaukee – A Walker’s Paradise [UrbanOut] “And the latest venture is a broad swath of land called the Park East, where a freeway was recently torn down and the street-grid was reassembled.” Sound wall made of vegetation to be studied by ODOT as alternative to concrete wall [] I’m thinking …


In Environment, Featured by Jef Nickerson35 Comments

Reader submitted photo Yesterday we were getting reader reports that mature trees where being torn down at Riverview Plaza on Pitman Street (where Eastside Marketplace is located). After a bit of confusion and reports from people in the area, we received photographs from a reader showing that the trees in question were removed from the driveway nearest the Boston Sports …

Great Day for Community Boating

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It’s been 3 years since the CBC saw a sunny forecast for the annual Renaissance Regatta, but today looks like a lucky day. Every year, the CBC tries to raise money to pay for its youth outreach and program initiatives by holding a regatta event. Companies, organizations, and individuals are invited to sponsor a team of sailors to compete in …

Shepard Fairey Mural

In Arts, Buildings by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Shepard Fairey’s mural is underway on the Pell Chafee Theatre on Aborn Street. Fairey is of course most famous for his Obey stickers which can be found around the city and around the world. As well as the Obama poster controversy from the 2008 elections. From what I understand, this will be Fairey’s largest mural to date.

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Investment in Transportation Changes is Tough Hill to Climb [Coalition for Transportation Choices] Charlotte does light rail right [Grist] Can infrastructure-led growth save the economy? [Salon] Mixed-Use Downtown Development Puts Standard Malls’ Tax Yield to Shame [Citiwire] A Fast-Paced City Tries to Be a Gentler Place to Grow Old [New York Times]

GC: Photos

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Photo © e_pics This guerilla bus stop sits outside the Map Center on North Main. The Map Center blogged about it back in April. No one seems to know where it came from and no one seems to be in any hurry to remove it. Photo (cc) provbenson2009 Photo (cc) provbenson2009 Photo © SecondEmpire If you’d like your photos featured …

The New New Parkade

In Buildings, Development, Downcity, Featured by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

The Parkade. Photo by Jef Nickerson I hate it when bloggers say this, and I do it all the time, but seriously, I really did hear about this the other day. Whatever though, PBN is first to the interwebs with it. But PBN is behind a paywall, so here’s the scoop. Cornish Associates has purchased the Parkade Garage on Washington …

RFP for new trolley shelter at Roger Williams Park Zoo

In Arts, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Photo of new baby giraffe at Roger Williams Park Zoo from the Zoo’s Facebook page. RIPTA and the Roger Williams Park Zoo have teamed up to release an RFP for a new trolley shelter at the Zoo: Roger Williams Park Zoo is partnering with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to create a unique and original bus shelter design to …

City Plan Commission Meeting (July 20)

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PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010 – 4:45 PM Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 OPENING SESSION Call to Order Roll Call Approval of meeting minutes from June 15th 2010- for action CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL 1. Referral 3330 – Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance to …

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Providence office vacancy rates rise [Providence Business News] Blue Cross move to new HQ opens up space downtown Providence Restaurant Weeks [GoProvidence] Safe passing in RI: Frank’s Law [Car-Free in PVD] FAA chooses runway plan for Green [ProJo] Subway on the Street [New York Magazine] The MTA has a simple, not very expensive ticket for improving how the city gets …

Time Lapse World-Tour

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Well, OK, not the whole world, but a few places. After we posted the Japan and London time lapse videos, a reader sent us some links to a bunch of other time lapse videos. Enjoy. New York:

RIPTA gets $700k in federal funds for new bus hubs

In Metro Transit Study, Transportation by Jef Nickerson12 Comments

The Federal Transportation Administration announced who is receiving $290 million in TIGER funds for “Urban Circulator/Bus and Bus Livability Projects.” Rhode Island is among the recipients with $700,000 going to RIPTA to develop bus hubs outside the Downcity core. The Sub-hubs, as we’ve been calling them here, are a recommendation of the Metro Transit Study. With new smaller hubs, taking …