Greater City Providence


  • Two comments:
    1) Note the body langusage between the Mayor and Governor (why was he there anyway?) after that horrible political move Chafee made on the streetcar funding
    2) The interior is grea,t but I am disappointed that the exterior was not sandblasted clean

  • Sandblasting is not a recommended method for cleaning historic buildings. It removes the surface layer of the stone or masonry which can lead to spalling and other types of damage. Gentle pressure washing and if necessary chemical washing can be done but only by professionals who have experience with the materials being cleaned.

  • Great! Would be a shame to lose such an historic old building, and the rehab of it looks very good. Nicely done!

  • So good to see Providence’s mini-Quincy Market reopened!

    How long before another micro-loft project is announced? Isn’t there like a ga-jillion people on the waiting list for the ones at the Arcade?

  • I’m guessing the next microloft project here would need to have historic credits, because every developer “needs” those. So which historic downcity buildings are left to be restored?

  • I don’t really get what’s to celebrate here. A property owner let a historic building languish with minimal upkeep and never really hustled to get tenants. Property owner closes it and basically holds the building hostage until they get favorable terms from the city. As a bonus, they pick up new tenants who wish to ride the coattails of peoples’ interest in preserving the building.

    And we give them a ribbon cutting ceremony as a reward for their behavior…

  • So then what’s the solution to attract development without subsidies in the face of higher real estate and contruction prices and a struggling city economy that is in the shadows of a global city a mere hour away?

  • Answer – Elect a Governor from the city or one who understands it is a major city – and has many qualities that that “global” one you cite does not have.
    And then spend the money on marketing the city and building infrastructure!

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