Pedestrian Bridge designs to be unveiled November 3rd

In 195 Relocation Project, Downcity, Parks/Open Space, Waterfront by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Photo (cc) atvance Pedestrian River Bridge Designs to be Displayed at Providence City Hall Public invited to view the designs of 11 finalists and provide feedback at a reception at Providence City Hall on November 3rd PROVIDENCE – The Public will have an opportunity to view the proposed bridge designs of 11 finalists competing in the Providence Pedestrian River Bridge …

RIPTA website survey

In RIPTA, Technology, Transportation by Jef Nickerson13 Comments

Photo cc jk5854 RIPTA is in the progress of redesigning their website and has a survey seeking your input. Go here to take the survey. RIPTA’s website is something that has come up here time and time again. If they are actively seeking comment on it, we should give it to them. Certainly take the survey, but if you want …

News & Notes

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Public access to S.F. bay tied to private projects [SFGate] “The public-private seam is a delicate one,” APA chief executive officer Paul Farmer mused before the award ceremony here last Wednesday. “There are tricky things involved – how do you negotiate access with a developer? How do you make public access feel truly public? When it’s done well, that’s something …

Annual Halloween Iron Pour at the Steel Yard – October 29, 2010

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Happy Halloween friends! This is our favorite time of year! Join the Iron Guild for Molten Metal Mayhem at our Annual Halloween Iron Pour! HOWL Friday, October 29th Rain Date – Saturday, October 30th Doors at 6:00 pm Pour starts at 7:00 pm 27 Sims Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 Our annual Iron Pour is a luminous spectacle in celebration of …

All at once, or slow and steady. How to develop the Route 195 land?

In 195 Relocation Project, Buildings, Featured by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

Rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox via The Architect’s Newspaper Seemingly (and perhaps literally) since before I was born, Boston has been attempting to redevelop the area across Fort Point Channel from downtown. The Fan Pier area and what is now being called, Seaport Square. Over the decades plan after plan has been proposed and approved only to fall through. To …

GC: Photos

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More photos submitted to our Flickr Group by our readers. Photo (cc) provbenson2009 Photo © 1W57thNY Photo (cc) provbenson2009 Photo © BlueisCoool If you’d like your photos featured here, join our Flickr Group and submit them.

Coastway Community Bank on Washington Street

In Buildings, Downcity, Featured by Jef Nickerson17 Comments

Rendering by Saccoccio & Associates Architects Back in March Coastway Community Bank first appeared before the DRC to seek permission to renovate the old Washington trust location on Washington Street and move from their Greene Street location. I saw some renderings around that time, Coastway was back at DRC that April, then I heard nothing about it and had pretty …

Werewolf 5k (Oct. 23)

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Run the Werewolf 5k! Image from Wooly Productions Full Moon, 3pm, Sat Oct 23, Sims Ave, Providence Dress as a werewolf or a pursuing villager! Villagers, please bring a pitchfork or broom. (plastic or rubber preferred) Werewolves, please bring a chicken or cat. (no live animals please) Registration View Werewolf 5k route in a larger map FAQs Is there a …

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News & Notes

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SFGate: Footbridge an elegant new icon in East Bay The 600-foot-long arc not only eases the way for pedestrians and bicyclists, it also sends a message naysayers choose to ignore: our society should aim to produce civic works on par with cherished landmarks from the New Deal or the Carnegie libraries of the generation before that. This larger cultural role …

Los Angeles CicLAvia

In Roads, Video by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

StreetFilms Ciclovías are an event where a major street(s) in a city is closed to automobiles and turned over to bikes (and pedestrians, and dancers, and performers, and a whole bunch of non-auto activity). The events started in Columbia, South America and have been spreading across the world, with Los Angeles getting into the action on 10/10/10 as seen in …

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The Shortcut, interactive lighting display in London

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Shortcut is an interactive lighting installation in a pedestrian way in London by artist Jason Bruges: Shortcut is a responsive lighting installation for the Dover Yard in London; a well-used pedestrian route linking Berkeley Street and Dover Street near to Piccadilly and Green Park Tube Station. The artwork responds to the different speeds, rhythms and concentration of people in the …

Providence Geeks at Firehouse 13 (Oct. 20)

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010, 5:30 – 8:30pm Firehouse 13, 41 Central Street, Providence, RI < --NOTE!! FREE (buy your own food and drink - it's cheap) The October Geek Dinner is a few short days away, and we’re going to be switching things up a little this month: First, we’ll be taking over the bar and performance space at the ...

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

The war on trains [History Eraser Button] What the hell is going on? Opposition to trains is not some kind of Tea Party platform. You aren’t hearing anybody talk about it on Fox News or AM radio. There’s little if any populist rage against trains. Rail improvements have bipartisan support at the federal level. Trains make sense and have a …

City Plan Commission Meeting (Oct. 19)

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PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 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 September 21st 2010 – for action MINOR SUBDIVISION 1. Case No. 10-030 MI – 1144 Chalkstone Avenue (Preliminary Plan …

Union Wadding Mill Fire

In Buildings by Greater City Providence5 Comments

Photo from Pawtucket Foundation Facebook Page Unoccupied and unrenovated section of the Union Wadding Mill in Pawtucket burns. So sad to see another mill building lost to fire. Story and video at ProJo Photos at Pawtucket Foundation Facebook Page ArtInRuins page on Union Wadding

New York\’s Quality of Life Agenda

In Featured, Other Cities, Video by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Yes, yes, I know. Providence is not New York, it is hard to compare. But all of these initiatives are things that can and should be scaled to Providence. Look at this Times Square statistic again, there was a ten-to-one ratio of pedestrians to cars, yet 90% of the space was devoted to cars. No place in Providence is Times …