Retail Update: Mall CVS Open

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As I’m sure many walking or driving by have noticed, the sidewalk fronting mall CVS has opened at the Francis St/Memorial Blvd intersection. All of the J&W students who will be living at Capitol Cove will now have all of their pharmaceutical needs met. Also, while not directly Providence related, I thought I’d mention that we’re far from the only …

Some *Positive* PVD Press!

In Media by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

We’ve been getting really pummeled in the national media of late. It seems every state (well, except for California) has had a newpaper write an article with the tone of, “You think our economy is bad, take a look at Rhode Island’s! Just look at their unemployment rate! They have no industries at all. Just some schools! Whew, good thing …

It’s Official: Universities Target 195 Land

In 195 Relocation Project by Bret Ancowitz19 Comments

We all knew this was coming eventually, but Brown and Johnson and Wales have now officially made their play for their piece of the coming 195 land. The Projo has the details about House Majority Whip Peter F. Kilmartin’s (D-Pawtucket) legislation authorizing the state DOT to sell the two universities 6 of the 19 acres of the 195 land at …

Rethinking the Mall

In Buildings by Bret Ancowitz5 Comments

Rhode Island Mall photo from www.artinruins.com The above is a title of an article by the always interesting Allison Arieff in her NY Times blog in which Arieff attends the 2009 International Council on Shopping Centers Convention in Las Vegas to judge a competition examining future concepts for the shopping mall. She writes that most of the discussion and focus, …

AP Picks Up Capitol Cove Story

In Buildings, Colleges/Universities by Bret Ancowitz6 Comments

As found on a Pennsylvania TV station’s website, it looks like the Associated Press has picked up on the condos-to-dorm tale of Capitol Cove. They have in the article some similar examples from around the country as well. My favorite quote from the article comes from a J&W resident advisor, herself a student: We want the students to treat it …

FAA Preliminarily Approves T.F. Green Runway

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Photo (cc) thisisbossi from flickr.com As Ted Nesi reports in the PBN, the FAA has given its preliminary blessing to a TF Green runway expansion plan that involves lengthening its main runway southward. The final decision comes in about a year and construction, which would hopefully be done by 2013, could allow non-stop West Coast and European flights. It’s funny …

Retail Update: Snookers & More…

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Snookers: I’m not sure how “old news” this is, but Snookers sports bar is listed to be “coming soon” at about 44 Ashburton Street on the other side of the 95 overpass from Kelly’s Car Wash. It’ll be right next to the, um, antique store and near the, um, Subway, and the, um, Marriott hotel and the, um, Mathematics Society, …

Brown Medical School to Relocate to Jewelry District

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View Larger Map Brown University seems to have finally chosen the future location of its Medical School. Currently shoehorned into its BioMed Building, the University initially decided that despite the 100 million dollar gift from Warren Alpert, our Great Recession made building a new structure adjacent to Rhode Island Hospital impossible and the call was made to renovate one of …

Watch and Learn? New Haven’s Renaissance, Reviewed

In Other Cities by Bret Ancowitz8 Comments

An absolute must read article for anyone who cares about rebuilding our cities can be found in this month’s Yale Alumni Magazine. The balanced piece reviews the birth, agonizing death, and then the recent rebirth of an urban New Haven, CT. While we all often focus deservedly on Providence’s downtown renaissance, many here don’t realize that a comparable downtown rebirth …

Opinion: Hopefully Recession Kills “Signless Retail” Trend

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Look hard… Can you tell what’s in the building in the photo to the left? What it’s used for? Well, if you’re a regular reader to this blog, you actually probably do know, in fact, that it houses Louie Fuller, one of the most popular new restaurants to open in the city in years. But you know that, like you …

European Suburbs Grow Smart, US Snoozes…

In Other Cities by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

Well, that’s essentially the theme of this NY Times article titled “Europe Imagines Suburbs Without a Car.” While trying to make the content “fair and balanced” in a Fox News-ish sort of way, it’s impossible to escape the tone and tenor of the article suggesting that the Europeans are waaay ahead of us on this. They have a deeper commitment …

Retail Update: Asian Palace Opens on North Main

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View Larger Map Speaking of the “Retail to Restaurant” trend we were all debating, the newest example is located nearby on North Main Street (1184, across from East Side Urgent Care). This is where the long closed (and cutely named) Off Track Bedding outlet (whose empty storefront was captured by Google Streetview above) has been replaced by Asian Palace, which …

Oh T.F. Green, How I Miss Thee…

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz9 Comments

Photo from the RI Secretary of State’s website I just returned from a brief trip this past weekend and noticed with a bit of sadness that this was the fourth straight flight I’ve taken from Boston’s Logan and not from T.F. Green. The last Green flight I did was December of 2007. Now, granted, two of these flights were international, …

Angell Street has Lanes!?!?

In Roads by Bret Ancowitz18 Comments

Much to my shock, newly painted lane markers have popped up around the East Side, most notably on Waterman and Angell Streets. In many areas, actual lanes and parking areas of the streets are now clearly demarcated. This has the potential to end the fun but often dangerous third-world style driving game of “create your own lane” that has often …

People Not Moving…

In Economy by Bret Ancowitz8 Comments

The New York Times has a thought provoking article about how the image to the left is becoming a rare site in the US, as the numbers of people moving fall to absolute numbers not seen since WWII (when the country had 100 million fewer people). Sadly, it seems of the people who are moving, about 2 million have moved …

Thayer Transformed?

In Retail, Retail Updates by Bret Ancowitz26 Comments

Photo by Bret Ancowitz, garrisphoto.com The Brown Daily Herald has a great article charting the recent and upcoming changes to Thayer Street. The take home message is that it’s not hard to imagine a time when almost the entire street may be home to dining establishments with little retail save for the Bookstore (whose redo is awesome) and a national …

Anyone Know How/Why/Logic of Route 146?

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146 sign photo from northeastroads.com I was driving on Route 146 to North Providence the other day and got to thinking about this road… Exactly how did it come to exist in its current form?? What is the history? And exactly why: Does it have access off of I-95 North, but not South? Does it have access to I-95 South, …

HubArts Wonders Why Boston Fests Suck/Pawtucket Rocks

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On the heals of the announcement of the August 28th kickoff of the 2009 Pawtucket Arts Festival , HubArts.com reviews “The Bucket’s” familiar roster of excellent arts and entertainment options as they ponder making a road trip south. In their blog post’s introduction, they contrast Pawtucket’s vibrancy with details of the woes of various festivals planned for our neighbor to …