Two ProJo articles last weekend about Kennedy Plaza:
The Providence Journal: A View from Providence: Hangout or hub, Kennedy Plaza certainly is quirky
People get off buses. Others get on. Some stand in line, others stand around. They wear headphones and backpacks, some carry bags.
The plaza draws folks from all walks. Students. Workers. Homeless. Peddlers. Visitors.
The Providence Journal: Some argue that good parks and public spaces can revitalize RI economy
In Kennedy Plaza, bus and vehicle traffic compete with people wanting to use the park. There is too much hard surface; too few trees. There’s too much noise; too little to do.
“If you leave public spaces barren you get this blight,” Wood said. “You create a draw for all sorts of undesirable activity.”
Providence Business News: Living downtown a draw for next-gen talent, jobs
Some have questioned the value of residential and mixed-use developments in downtown and other parts of Providence. Their question: “Don’t we need jobs, not housing?” The answer: Residential and mixed-use projects will produce jobs, as well as other long-term benefits to our city and our state.
Projects such as those planned at The Foundry, the Kinsley Building, and even the Industrial Trust Building at 111 Westminster (aka the Superman Building), are needed to support a strong and comprehensive economic-development strategy.
Boston.com: Biking Is Nation’s Fastest-Growing Commute Style
The number of Americans who biked to work in increased by 60.8 percent in 2012 (786,000 people), the largest percentage out of any other commuting style. But objectively, the percentage still seems small. One percent of workers biked to work in 2012 compared to 0.6 percent in 2000, according to the report called “Modes Less Traveled–Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States.”
Improving or modifying sidewalks, building pedestrian-oriented commercial centers and bike lanes are all strategies for cities to accomodate more biking and walking.
- Explore commuting patterns on an Interactive Map from the Census Bureau.
The Atlantic Cities: Houston’s Plan to Get an Amazing New Bus System for No New Money
The frequent network upgrade is only part of the overhaul. The proposed system uses straighter routes and ties names to streets, which makes it more intuitive to navigate. It’s an all-day system, which means riders get the same type of service on nights and weekends that they get during rush hours. Most importantly, the system connects to job centers all around the city instead of primarily the the downtown core, which creates better access between home and work.