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Coverage from last night’s Route 195 Community Forum

Speakers at last night's Route 195 Community Forum. From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association.
From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association. Photo from Common Cause RI’s Facebook Page

Last night’s forum was well attended (probably 100+ in the crowd) and a lively discussion on the issues.

Better Providence video’d the event, we’ll have that for you as soon as it is available online, for now, coverage from local media:

This post will be updated as more information is available.

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5 Responses to Coverage from last night’s Route 195 Community Forum

  1. RunawayJim June 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Were there any state reps present besides the one mentioned in one of those articles?

  2. Jef Nickerson June 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I believe Edith Ajello was the only State Rep. in attendance. Chris Blazejewski wanted to attend but was out of town.

  3. Jessan Dunn Otis June 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Thank you The Spot (for hosting), GoLocalprov.com, gcpvd.org, Common Cause, Kate Bramson, Bill Rappleye and all concerned citizens of Providence and Rhode Island.

    The more eyes on this process, the more constructive and considered opinions, suggestions and recommendations the better.

  4. Karina Wood June 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Hi Jef and co!

    Thanks to Greater City PVD for co-sponsoring and participating in Monday’s Forum!

    Part 1 of the video is posted on the Better Providence facebook page and I will be posting Part 2 today.

    Yes, Rep. Edie Ajello attended; Rep. Blazejewski really wanted to attend, but could not and sent his regrets; Councilman Luis Aponte and Councilman Seth Yurdin were the only 2 PVD councilmembers in attendance, although Councilman Sam Zurier did respond to our invitation and sent his regrets.

    A number of elected officials sent their staff along to take notes: Spotted in the audience: House Speaker Gordon Fox’s policy director, Beth Cotter; Governor Chafee’s Communications Director, Mike Trainor; and Steve Iannazzi from the Senate Majority Leader’s Office.

  5. Karina Wood June 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Yes, in terms of attendance there were definitely over 100 people. 109 people signed in on our sign-in sheet at the entrance to the forum, and my estimate is that at least 20 more people came in and did not sign in.

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