The Providence Journal: Downtown Providence property owners sue over busing plans
In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court Monday, the plaintiffs — including two entities controlled by former Mayor Joseph Paolino — argue that a bus hub at the Providence Train Station and dedicated bus corridor being built through Kennedy Plaza could erode their quality of life and depress property values.
“The Kennedy Plaza Project and specifically the re-routing of the bus routes, alteration of bus stops and alteration of traffic patterns on Fulton Street and Washington Street stands to cause property damage, property devaluation, inconvenience, annoyance and an interference with the Plaintiffs’ quiet enjoyment of their Properties,” the lawsuit says.
Maybe don’t buy property on Kennedy Plaza if you’re looking for quiet…
Opponents of a 46-story skyscraper that has been proposed on the former I-195 land are seeking to raise at least $50,000 to cover the legal fees that would be needed to file a court appeal of the Providence City Council’s decision to approve a zoning change for the project’s developer.
In the email, Steele said her organization has been working with the Providence Preservation Society to consider next steps. She said their two options include appealing the council’s decision in court or “call[ing] Fane’s bluff by allowing the I-195 Commission’s deadlines to kick in & watch him crash & burn.”
While Rhode Island is moving toward decarbonization of electricity under the Raimondo administration, there has been far less attention to decarbonization of the largest source of emissions in the United States: transportation.
Rhode Island has deployed three electric buses and is planning a rapid transit route in downtown Providence, but far more action needs to be taken. The task of decarbonizing transportation is huge, but some tasks and approaches are easier and more impactful than others.
Due to the historical built environment in the inner core of the Providence metro area, investments in bike, pedestrian, and mass transit infrastructure could be among the most effective means to rapidly reduce transportation emissions.