News & Notes

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Reclaiming the center [The Boston Globe] Today, the principle behind revitalization efforts is to make downtowns not just shopping areas, but 24-hour neighborhoods with homes, offices, and entertainment venues where residents can shop, dine, and mix at movies and concerts. Such efforts helped transform downtown Providence, for example, into a thriving cultural center and business district with local artists, new …

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Snow as traffic calming

In Roads, Snow by Jef Nickerson18 Comments

Currently, due to the snow, Atwells Avenue is a good 4 to 6 or more feet narrower than usual. Yet, cars are able to park on both sides and traffic is able to flow smoothly in both directions (in most areas, some places the snow is totally out of control). Which proves my point that the road is too wide …

What’s the government up to? Press Releases

In 195 Relocation Project, Economy, Government by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Surprisingly, there’s more going on in the city this week than my lamenting the unshoveledness of our sidewalks. A couple interesting Press Releases popped up today. First, from the Mayor’s Office: Senator Whitehouse, Mayor Taveras plan walking tour of Providence Business Districts PROVIDENCE – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Mayor Angel Taveras will spend Monday morning visiting businesses in …

Robert Billington: Bringing the Blackstone Valley Bikeway to its completion

In Bicycles, Reader Submissions, Recreation by Guest PostLeave a Comment

Photo (cc) cho_kettie The following is by Robert Billington, Ed.D, President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. January 20, 2011 Let’s face it; Rhode Island’s bikeways bring lots of enjoyment to our residents. From South County to the Blackstone Valley, these paths connect our neighborhoods, improve our economy and draw visitors to explore our communities. They are safe, enjoyable and …

Jack Templin nominated for EDC Board

In Economy, Government, Technology by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Photo of Jack Templin by bjepson on flickr My Twittersphere and Facebooksphere have been lit up with talk about Jack Templin being nominated to the RI Economic Development Commission Board by Governor Chafee and with good reason. Aside from being a friend of mine, a great mind in the Rhode Island tech sector, and an all around good guy, Jack …

Obviously, someone is trying to make me angry

In Snow by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

As I was walking home I was pretty amazed that some sidewalks were actually dry, amazing! I ran into some problems in the LaSalle Square area and at the Atwells Bridge, where there was no way to get from the sidewalk into the street to cross the street. Those challenges were mostly forgotten as I was quickly making my way …

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Snowblogging: Miracle Edition

In GC: Photos, Snow, Weather by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

THAT my friends is a shoveled sidewalk on the Atwells Avenue Bridge over Route 95. Yes, it is true. But wait, don’t think I’m gonna be all sunshine and moonbeams. A for effort to get this thing cleared so soon after last night’s snowicane, but I have complaints. Every winter, at some point this sidewalk does get cleared. But this …

Rhode Island Bikeways Map

In Bicycles, Reader Submissions, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Speaking of bike paths… This post may not actually work, first time I’ve tried to host a .kmz file to embed a map on the site, so if nothing shows up on this map, well then, nevermind. A reader forwarded me a .kmz file he created of the Rhode Island bike network (map key over there on the right). You …

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Connecting the Blackstone and East Bay bike paths

In Bicycles, Recreation, Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Photo (cc) spablab Last month Matthew wrote about the proposed on-road connection between the Blackstone and East Bay bike paths. Now we have the draft plan from the city of Pawtucket detailing part of that connection. City of Pawtucket Blackstone Valley Bike Stripe Project [.pdf] There are some caveats right now to these plans. The section between Pitman Street in …

Announcement from the Mayor’s Office regarding snow removal

In Government, Snow by Greater City Providence9 Comments

Announcement from the Mayor’s Office regarding snow removal: Public Service Announcement: Snow-Covered Sidewalks Pose Signficant Safety Hazard Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Providence community urged to follow City Ordinance on Snow Removal The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a potent, fast-moving storm forecast to affect Providence this afternoon and tomorrow morning. The storm is expected to …

Skating Center February Events

In Downcity, Events by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

While the Skating Center closed at 2pm to clear snow, they do have some great events coming up next month. Check out our spectacular events! Saturday, February 12th, 5-8pm – Hearts + Scars: An Evening with Providence Roller Derby – Hot chocolate, treats, games and contests with the derby girls on ice skates! Plus, La Strada Wood Fired Pizza straight …

Streetfilms: Chicago bus tracker

In RIPTA, Technology, Transportation by Greater City Providence4 Comments

With RIPTA currently working on a bus tracking system of their own, and with RISD having a beautiful campus video display information system, I’m seeing a partnership possibility. The system here in Chicago allows businesses to customize their display for buses passing by them and roll it out on their own equipment, no cost to the transit agency. The businesses …

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Regarding “Little Red School and the Big Bad Wolf”

In Buildings, Government, Reader Submissions by Jen Cole5 Comments

The below is a letter to the Editor of the Providence Journal in response to David Brussat’s editorial “Little Red School and the Big Bad Wolf.” As of this date, the ProJo has not printed the letter. In David Brussat’s “Little Red School and the Big Bad Wolf,” 1/13/2011, he portrays a disturbing instance of demolition by neglect of Federal …

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Community Works Rhode Island to renovate Broadway’s historic “Wedding Cake House”

In Buildings by Greater City Providence8 Comments

Community Works Rhode Island has acquired a significant historic residence at 514 Broadway, to be renovated as five affordable condominium units. January 24, 2011, Providence, RI – Community Works Rhode Island (CWRI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the architecturally significant building at 514 Broadway in Providence, RI. CWRI will renovate this neglected and foreclosed property into five condominium …

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Street Science: All Eyes on the Street [Next American City] The effort will mark BostonÂ’s entry into the National Complete Streets Coalition, a national group dedicated to making city streets more accessible across America, and is strongly supported by the mayor. “Mayor Menino,” Ms. Zehngebot noted, “is behind this all the way and understands that the car is no longer …