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A couple articles from the intertubes

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The Atlantic: The Next Slum? – The subprime crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Fundamental changes in American life may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements. Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac. Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant. Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading. …

Little green houses, for you and me

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The Mayor’s Office announced today a design competition to design environmentally sensitive affordable housing for Providence. PROVIDENCE – Imagine Providence neighborhoods with houses that are affordable, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. That’s what Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline will ask the community to do when he kicks off the city’s first-ever Sustainable Housing Design Competition on Thursday, March 6 at …

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Greater City Providence Comments on proposed rezoning in the Waterfront District

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Aerial image from Microsoft Virtual Earth To: Councilman Seth Yurdin Cc: Mayor David Cicilline Cc: Planning Director Thomas Deller Cc: Councilman Cliff Wood I am writing on behalf of Greater City Providence in regards to the petition being heard by the City Council Ordinance Committee on Monday, March 3rd to change the zoning of Lots 344 and 345 on Zoning …

Broadway/Westminster Graffiti Cleanup Saturday, March 15

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UPDATE: Due to snow expected tomorrow morning, the organizers of this event have decided to go with their snow date, 03/15, same time, same location. View Larger Map The WBNA and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation are hosting a graffiti cleanup on Broadway on Saturday, March 1st. Details are: We need your help! Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, …

Demolition = Hotel Sierra

In Buildings, Development, Downcity by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Demolition started today at the future site of the Hotel Sierra on Washington Street. Here we go again, more demolition. This building at Washington and Beverly is known (depending on your dining/drinking habits) as the place where Cuban Revolution/Talk of the Town/New Japan used to be. This time though, we’re not terribly upset. If we had our druthers would we …

West Side Overnight On-Street Parking Meeting (02/20)

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From Citizens for Resident Permit Parking IMPORTANT MEETING “FOR RESIDENTS OF WARD 15 Have you wanted to park on the street without fear of a ticket? Do you think there is a parking problem in Providence? Do you love the city and want to help it continue to develop? If you answer YES to any of these questions now is …

Pawtucket River Bridge Update

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View Larger Map Frymaster over at The Bucket Blog has the scoop about last night’s meeting regarding the Route 95 Pawtucket River Bridge. I meant to post about this meeting, but neglected to get to it, sorry. You may recall, the Pawtucket River Bridge was recently put on a 22-ton weight limit with trucks encourage to detour around via Routes …

You can’t get there from here

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Bad news, RIPTA’s Providence/Newport fast ferry service will end October 16, 2008, for good. RIPTA reports in their January 31st Destinations eNewsletter that the service will end do to the expiration of federal funds. Federal Funding Made Ferry Possible “We’re proud that we were able to secure federal funding for three consecutive three-year grant cycles, $575,000 annually for a total …

aka The Tower of Terror II

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Photo of Newport Collaborative rendering by Jef Nickerson for Last Tuesday the City Council’s Public Works Committee approved a request by Cranston developer Frank Zammiello to receive an underground easement below a portion of Bradford Street in order to build a condo project dubbed, Vista Della Torre. At the same meeting the Public Works Committee was unable to reach …

23rd Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, April 12

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The Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference takes place April 12th on the West Side of Providence: The 23rd Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference Saturday, April 12 on Providence’s West Side Preservation Past, Present, and Future The year 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Act and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. …

Library Reform Group Public Forum, February 11

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Image by hbrinkman from stock.xchng The Library Reform Group is sponsoring a public forum entitled, How Libraries Raise Money. Invited panelists include Louise Blalock, Chief Librarian of the Hartford Public Library and Kathryn Taylor, Executive Director of the Westerly Public Library. The forum will convene at Knight Memorial Library on Monday, February 11, 2008 from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. The public …

Green Ocean State

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David Segal is freaking out over on Daily Dose this morning after reading a ProJo editorial. Freaking out in a good way though. New energy projects ASAP The Ocean State has great potential sites for wind turbines, both offshore and on land, and it has plenty of room for wave-energy generators … But as renewable-energy companies approach the state with …

West Side Crime Watch Meeting tonight, January 22

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WBNA is holding a Crime Watch Meeting tonight at their headquarters on Westminster Street: Crime Watch Meeting January 22, 2008 6:30pm to 7:30pm At WBNA Headquarters 1560 Westminster Street Happy New Year! The Neighborhood Acton Crime Watch Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month with interested and concerned neighbors, Members of the Attorney Generals office and District 4 …

Ugh, Grove Street School

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I don’t even want to talk about it. Just go here to read the Journal article. Related: Greater City Providence: Grove Street School partial demolition Greater City Providence: A short history of the Grove Street School Greater City Providence: Fire at Grove Street School ArtInRuins: Grove Street School UrbanPlanet: Grove Street School Illegal Demolition

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The Providence Eye

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Every great city boasts some iconic structure, often piercing the skyline, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Boston has the Zakim Bridge, London has the London Eye, and soon Providence will have it’s own icon. This parking garage on Weybosset Street. OK, I’m being a little silly, but putting aside for a minute that cars are evil and we should be …