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MacRumors: ‘Citymapper’ and ‘Transit App’ Offer In-Depth Looks at Transit Experiences on Apple Watch

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The RIPTA on your wrist!

As a few popular iPhone apps begin rolling out updates for their built-in Apple Watch apps ahead of the April 24 launch, a pair of transit-focused services have posted on Medium to share detailed looks into exactly what kind of experience users can expect from Citymapper and Transit App on the Apple Watch next month.

The Transit App provides schedule based bus information for RIPTA and also MBTA commuter rail, subways, and buses. So, I can tell it to give me a route from my current location in Providence to a location in Boston, and it will give me all the information I need. It also generally tells me what buses are near my current location and when they leave and where they go.

It is like living in the future.

Image from Transit App via Medium.com

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News & Notes

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Planned protected bike lane on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

The Boston Globe: Boston to install protected bike lanes on Commonwealth Avenue

The city of Boston will install protected bike lanes on a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue, a victory for biking advocates who have pushed for the city to make it safer to cycle down the bustling thoroughfare.

City officials announced on Tuesday their plans to replace existing bike lanes with protected bike lanes — known as cycle tracks — from the Boston University Bridge to Packard’s Corner. The lanes will be about two-thirds of a mile and use parked cars as a barrier between cyclists and vehicle traffic, a move meant to cut down on accidents that have become common along the heavily used road.

The decision to install the protected bike lanes represents a turnaround for the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and could pave the way for more protected bike lanes in the city.

Providence is working on plans for the first protected bike lanes in the state along Fountain Street downtown.


The New Journal: Paint the Streets

On the morning of Sunday, May 1, 2011, residents of the Audubon district awoke to find a bold new crosswalk at the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Audubon Street. Spray-painted and slightly crooked, the rogue act made headlines around town. Opinions differed—officials said the sight lines weren’t clear enough for a crosswalk, business owners liked that it made it easier for people to get to their stores, and some just thought it looked a little funny. Useful or not, the crosswalk was illegal and officials had the paint removed two days later. The impromptu markings made a point, however: the intersection was dangerous. The city needed to rethink its streets.


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Mayor Elorza outlines plan for dealing with potholes

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Photo from Mayor Eloza’s Facebook page

From the City of Providence:


Mayor Elorza Outlines Aggressive Approach to Potholes

Proactive Plan Includes New Equipment, Increased Efforts

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today outlined efforts to aggressively and systematically repair potholes throughout the City of Providence.

Mayor Elorza announced that Department of Public Works has potholes crews out repairing roadways daily. These efforts are guided by daily, proactive surveys of streets and by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, to identify and prioritize repairs. Roadways are prioritized based on level of traffic and condition of the roadway.

This year, the City is using new equipment to help improve the speed and quality of pothole repairs. The City has more than tripled the number of asphalt compactors used to compress and smooth the surface of patches. Additionally, the City has introduced the use of a ‘hot box’ to keep asphalt on the patch truck hot for longer periods of time, meaning greater consistency in hot patch repairs and fewer resupply trips.

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Sticks and Stones: The 30th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference on Saturday, April 25 in Glocester

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The 30th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Preservation Conference will take place in Glocester and throughout the region on Saturday, April 25. Organized by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), the conference considers the theme of “Sticks and Stones”: historic rural landscapes and the long-term impact of changes on the land. The sticks are the forests, cleared for agricultural fields long ago, regrown, and now managed as conservation land, park, and private woodlot. The stones remain where they were placed to mark burials, to provide sturdy building foundations, and to build walls that separated farm fields and delineated property boundaries.

Glocester is the hometown host for this year’s conference. Guided walks through Chepachet Village will explore themes of local history, architecture, industry, and planning. Tours further afield will visit working farms, mid-century modern homes nestled in the woods, and a forested landscape that was the site of several historic farmsteads. Additional tours will venture to Borders Farm and Foster Center, North Scituate, and Harrisville. Panel presentations will discuss the legacy of our public woodlands and demonstrate how LiDAR technology can penetrate forest cover to find evidence of historic landscapes and archaeological sites. Additional workshops will take on a range of topics like preservation grants and tax credits, local planning initiatives, Rhode Island’s Art Deco architecture, and a new statewide initiative to create heritage tourism apps for your mobile phone.

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CANCELED: City Plan Commission Meeting – March 17, 2015

CPC City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor
This meeting has been canceled.


Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from February 24, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3388 – Request for easement at 128 Mathewson Street The applicants, Heads Up Inc and the Mathewson Street Church are requesting an easement to provide handicap access for the church at 128 Mathewson Street – for action (AP 25 Lot 349, Downtown)

Major Land Development Project Public Hearing

3. Case No. 14-038MA – 181 Corliss Street (Preliminary Plan Approval) The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to construct a four story, 124 room extended stay hotel on the former site of an abandoned Postal Service building. The lot measures approximately 2.01 acres. Public comment will be taken. Continued from the February 24 meeting – for action (AP 74 Lot 376, Mt. Hope)

Adjournment


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CNU New England: Tactical Urbanism – March 11, 2015

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From CNU New England:


CNU New England Presents

Tactical Urbanism: PopUp Providence, The Lawn on D, and Seth Zeren


Wednesday, March 11th at Aurora


Food trucks, parklets, pop-up snow playgrounds, experimental bike lanes… How can we use quick, creative, inexpensive urban interventions to make our city more livable? Come socialize with CNU New England and learn about tactical urbanism approaches from around the region.


Special Guests

Emily Kish, PopUp Providence: Learn how PopUp Providence, the City’s take on tactical urbanism, has highlighted local talent through small?scale interventions in the City’s public realm. Emily Kish will discuss the creation, operation and impacts of the program, share lessons learned, and showcase several of the creative and inspired ideas.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – March 9, 2015

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Monday, March 9, 2015 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
This meeting was originally scheduled for February 9th and was canceled due to snow.

Agenda

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of December 8, 2014 and January 12, 2015

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 15.03: 32 Custom House Street (Real Estate Title Insurance Co. Building) Proposal by HM Ventures 7, LLC to conduct exterior alterations, as part of the renovation and conversion of the building into residential with ground floor commercial.

Other Business

2. DRC Application No. 14.25: 342 Eddy Street Review of the ground floor elevation of the proposed parking garage, along Eddy Street, in accordance with DRC Resolution #15?01.

The applicant wants to not be required to build ground floor retail into the proposed garage.

3. Reconsideration of a Decision on DRC Application No. 14.27: 10 Dorrance Street (Howard Building) The applicant requests the DRC reconsider its decision on the application. The applicant is proposing to install new wall signage for ‘VP Fitness’ on the Dorrance Street elevation of the building.

Adjournment

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School vacation week at the Providence Children’s Museum

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From the Providence Children’s Museum:


February School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Monday, February 16 – Friday, February 20, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Families explore Water Ways, an imaginative new water play environment, and join special activities all week long:

Keith Munslow • Monday, February 16 • 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM Popular children’s singer and storyteller Keith Munslow entertains families with a lively participatory performance packed with tinkling piano tunes, tongue-twisting poems and funny fast-paced rhymes. Shows at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up. Underwritten by Providence Tourism Council.

The Hoopoe Show • Tuesday, February 17 • 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM Hoopoe the hilarious mime (Chris Yerlig) gets the audience into the act and dazzles them with silent comedy, eye-popping magic tricks and balloon wizardry in a funny, imaginative show. Shows at 11:30 AM, 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up. Underwritten by Providence Tourism Council.

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Mayor Elorza on MORE SNOWS!!!!

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From Mayor Elorza:


I want to reach out as yet another snow storm arrives in Providence this evening. Six to fourteen inches of snow is expected by tomorrow.

Here are steps we are taking to prepare for the storm:

  • A citywide parking ban begins at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, February 15 and will remain in effect until further notice. We urge everyone to comply with the parking ban, so crews can plow our streets. Cars parked on the street once the parking ban is in effect will be ticketed and towed.
  • We also ask residents and businesses to shovel their sidewalks so people can safely get around our city. This is an important public safety concern. The City has begun giving fines to those who still have not cleared snow from the sidewalk in front of their home or business.
  • Trash and recycling collection will continue on a holiday schedule, with a one day delay.
    This winter has brought historic snow to Providence and we have been working around the clock to make every road passable and widen our busiest corridors. We’ve moved truckloads of snow to empty parcels throughout the city and we will continue to clear the snow long after the storm passes.

There is no challenge we cannot overcome when we come together as a community. So to everyone who lives, works and does business in Providence – thank you.

Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we continue to make it through this historic winter, and thank you for all you do for Providence.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – February 16, 2015

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015, beginning at 5pm, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. 1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Public Session Meeting Held on January 20, 2015.
  3. Executive Director’s Report and Review of Operational Priorities.
  4. Review and Consideration of the Request by Phoenix Lincoln, Contract Purchaser of Parcel 28, to Extend Time Periods to Complete Due Diligence and Obtain Tax Stabilization Agreement and Vote.
  5. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  6. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Executive Session Meeting Held on January 20, 2015.
  7. III. Public Session

  8. Chairman’s Remarks.
  9. Vote to Adjourn.

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Apply for a PopUp Providence Grant

From the City of Providence:


PopUp Providence is now accepting applications for Year 3 until March 11, 2015

Click HERE for everything you need to apply.

What is PopUp Providence?

pop-up-pvdPopUp Providence is an award-winning, urban place-making program that introduces interactive, artistic and cultural displays and interventions throughout the City’s 25 neighborhoods. The program supports quick, temporary and inexpensive interventions that engage residents, workers and visitors of all ages, and enliven the city.

How is PopUp Providence funded?

The Providence Redevelopment Agency dedicated $150,000 for the program in October 2013, in the amount of $50,000/year, for a period three years (2013-2015).

What qualifies as a PopUp?

Installations must fall within one of the following categories:

  • PopUp PLAYSPACE: Indoor or outdoor, recreation or activity-based, projects that promote physical interaction.
  • PopUp PARKLET: On-street parking spaces that are repurposed for public space.
  • PopUp ART: A display of any artistic medium that is appropriate for a public setting, and directly responds to the community in which it is located.
  • PopUp SHOP: Vacant storefronts that are repurposed for community, retail or commercial purposes.
  • PopUp AMENITY: Enhancements to the public realm, for exclusive use by the public (e.g. seating, landscaping, bicycle parking, lighting).

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New week, new snowstorm

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Providence schools closed on Monday, parking bans starts at 12:01am Monday, trash/recycling collection delayed one day.

Helpful Links:

More information from the City of Providence:


Providence Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Monday Feb. 9, 2015

Citywide Parking Ban in Effect at 12:01 AM on Monday – Garbage and Recycling Collection on Holiday Schedule

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced a series of actions in response to a winter storm expected to escalate in the early hours of Monday, February 9 and continue through the day.

Providence Public Schools and afterschool activities are canceled Monday, February 9, 2015. City Recreation Centers will be closed Monday as well.

A citywide parking ban will go into effect at 12:01AM on Monday, February 9 and remain in effect until further notice. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.

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Governor Raimondo nominates six new members to the 195 Commission

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Press release from the Governor’s office:


Raimondo Takes First Steps in Attracting Economic Growth to I-195 Land

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina Raimondo today announced six nominations for the I-195 Redevelopment Commission as a first step in advancing efforts to revitalize the vacant parcel in Providence. Raimondo is submitting the six nominees for consideration to the Rhode Island Senate for confirmation. “We’re focused on expanding opportunity and creating jobs for Rhode Island families, and the 195 land can be a key lever to attract businesses and boost economic growth,” Raimondo said. “We are grateful to Colin Kane and the other former commissioners for their public service to the people of Rhode Island, which helped lay the groundwork for our efforts. I want to thank Joe, Bob, Beppie, Melissa, Ed and Sandra for their commitment to this critical project, which has the potential to move our state forward and create real economic opportunities for Rhode Islanders.”

The Governor is submitting the following names to the State Senate for confirmation:

  • Joseph F. Azrack (Raimondo’s choice for chair of the commission) of Little Compton
  • Robert C. Davis of South Kingstown
  • Elizabeth (Beppie) Huidekoper of Providence
  • Melissa Husband of Providence
  • Edwin J. Santos of North Kingstown
  • Sandra Smith of Providence

“We need to catalyze Rhode Island’s economy by capitalizing upon resources such as the developable land where I-195 once stood,” said Commerce Secretary nominee Stefan Pryor. “I am excited to work closely with the Commission on the build out of this land as an important part of our overall economic development effort.”

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CANCELED: UPDATED: Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – February 9, 2015

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Monday, February 9, 2015 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Due to the winter storm, this meeting has been canceled.

Agenda

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of December 8, 2014 and January 12, 2015

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 15.03: 32 Custom House Street (Real Estate Title Insurance Co. Building) – Proposal by HM Ventures 7, LLC to conduct exterior alterations, as part of the renovation and conversion of the building into residential with ground floor commercial.

Other Business

3. DRC Application No. 14.25: 342 Eddy Street – Review of the ground floor elevation of the proposed parking garage, along Eddy Street, in accordance with DRC Resolution #15-01.

This is the parking garage for the South Street Landing project. My understanding is they are seeking to build the garage without the required ground floor retail component.

2. Reconsideration of a Decision on DRC Application No. 14.27: 10 Dorrance Street (Howard Building) – The applicant requests the DRC reconsider its decision on the application. The applicant is proposing to install new wall signage for ‘VP Fitness’ on the Dorrance Street elevation of the building.

Adjournment


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2″-14″ of Snow Monday!

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DID ‘Yellow Jackets’ clearing snow downtown last week.

Providence schools canceled Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015.

No school in Providence Monday, parking ban at 2am Monday, more information from the City of Providence:


Providence Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Monday Feb. 2, 2015

Citywide Parking Ban in Effect at 2AM – Garbage and Recycling Collection on Holiday Schedule

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced a series of actions ahead of a winter storm expected to begin in the early morning hours of Monday, February 2, 2015.

Providence Public Schools and afterschool activities are canceled Monday, February 2, 2015. City Recreation Centers will be closed Monday as well.

A citywide parking ban will go into effect at 2AM on Monday, February 2 and remain in effect until further notice. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.

Garbage and recycling pickup in Providence will proceed on a holiday schedule. Monday’s garbage and recycling pick-up will take place on Tuesday and all pick-up for the rest of the week will take place a day later with Friday’s pick-up taking place on Saturday. Residents who did not receive trash pick-up last week due to the storm and have urgent and additional concerns can call the Office of Neighborhood Services at 401-421-2489.

“We expect heavy snowfall, high winds and other conditions that will significantly impact both the morning and evening commutes on Monday,” Mayor Elorza said. “I urge residents to comply with the citywide parking ban, exercise caution and prepare for rapidly changing travel conditions throughout the day. If you see a person or a family in need, please do what you can to either lend a helping hand or notify the City. When we all pull together, we are capable of overcoming any challenge.”

The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm. Roadways will be pretreated ahead of expected snowfall. The Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will begin a partial activation the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 12AM on Monday.

The City’s snow hotline will be open Monday through the duration of the storm at 401-680-8080. Residents experiencing power outages should contact National Grid at 800-322-3223. Individuals are warned never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines to National Grid. In the event of an emergency always dial 911.

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Picturing Providence Opening Reception – February 3, 2015

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Picturing Providence

On View: January 13th – February 13th, 2015 | Weekdays 8:30am – 4:30pm | Providence City Hall, 2nd FL

Opening Reception – Tuesday, February 3, 5-7pm

In a city known for both its extraordinary architecture and rich creative community, it is no surprise that the cultural landscape is the subject of many local artists’ work. This exhibit features photographs by Jesse Burke of the Providence Preservation Society’s 2014 Most Endangered Properties project and work inspired by Providence from Carolina Arentsen and José Ramirez. – More Information

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