The Press Release below details the Mayor’s trip to Charleston to attend the Mayors Institute on City Design. He will be focusing on the redevelopment of the 195 land especially east of the river.
The 195 land in the Jewelry District (west of the river) has been grabbing all the attention and headlines, there’s been little talk about what should or could happen on the east side.
The last conversation we had here about the east side of the river I think was exactly two years ago; when we discussed lot sizes.
Mayor Taveras Explores Options for I-195 Land Redevelopment East of the Providence River
Will share insights from Mayors Institute on City Design with 195 Commission
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Taveras traveled to Charleston, South Carolina today to attend the 51st national session of the Mayors Institute on City Design.
A joint effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors, the Mayors’ Institute helps transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
While at the conference, Mayor Taveras will explore options for the redevelopment of the I-195 land with specific emphasis on the parcels on the other side of the Providence River from the Jewelry District. The Mayor plans to share new insights on design principles most appropriate for the redevelopment of the I-195 land on the east side of the river with the I-195 District Commission.
“I am looking forward to sharing the exciting opportunities we have in Providence as a result of the relocation of I-195. I hope to work with the other mayors and national experts to develop ideas for how the land should be developed in a way consistent with the historic fabric of Providence,” said Mayor Taveras.
All of the Mayor’s travel and hotel expenses are being paid for by Mayor’s Institute.
At the conference, Mayor Taveras will work with other mayors and leading design experts from across the country. Sessions are organized around case-study problems, with each mayor presenting a problem from his or her city for the other mayors and designers to discuss. Following each presentation, mayors and designers identify important issues, offer suggestions, and discuss potential solutions.
So what what should the development look like on the east side of the river? Uses? Scale?