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Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party – May 2, 2015

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From InDowncity on Facebook:


It’s back!

InDowncity and the Downcity merchants are excited to announce that the fifth annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party will be taking place on Saturday May 2nd 2015!

We’ve got tacos, we’ve got live music, we’ve got piñatas and SO much more this year!

Taking over Westminster Street between Dorrance and Mathewson, we are bringing you FOUR city blocks of color, excitement, music and Cinco spirit!

We’ll have more info for you soon so keep your eyes on indowncity.com in the coming days and weeks more more details, but for now: SAVE THE DATE!

SATURDAY MAY 2nd starting at 11am right on through until 6pm

Event page on Facebook
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RIPTA online fare survey

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From RIPTA:


RIPTA Launches Online Transit Fare Survey

Survey Available Through May 1, 2015

Is it easy for passengers to buy tickets and passes to ride the bus? Do we offer the types of fare products they are looking for? The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) wants to know how passengers feel about their fare pricing and products, and is inviting their passengers to take their Transit Fare Study Survey. It is available on RIPTA’s website now through May 1, 2015. Also, copies of the survey are available at the customer service window at Kennedy Plaza and our Commuter Resource Team will be making it available to passengers at various locations, including some Park ‘n Ride commuter lots.

RIPTA is conducting the survey as it embarks on a comprehensive transit fare study that will review all fare products as well as the rates that are charged. One of the main goals of the study – which is expected to take about four months – is to determine if RIPTA is offering the types of fare products that best meet passengers’ needs.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – April 27, 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, April 27, 2015, beginning at 4pm, for the following purposes
The 195 Commission was scheduled to discuss the PawSox stadium proposal with the team’s ownership in closed door, “Executive Session,” at this meeting. That discussion is now open to the public according to The Providence Journal.

I. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  2. 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).

  3. Presentation Regarding Acquisition and Development of District Property.
  4. III. Public Session

  5. Vote to Adjourn.
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City Plan Commission Meeting – April 28, 2015

CPC City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from February 24, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Approval of minutes from March 17, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Land Development Project – Public Hearing

1. 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. The applicant is seeking a waiver from the requirement that all state permits be acquired by the preliminary plan stage. Public comment will be taken. Continued from the February 24 meeting – for action (AP 74 Lot 376, Mt. Hope)

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3389—Amendment to Port Redevelopment Plan – The amendment proposes to change the boundaries of the redevelopment area by removing two properties. The amendment will be reviewed for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan – for action (Lower South Providence)

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – April 21, 2015

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 • 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes – Meetings of January 20, 2015 and March 17, 2015
  3. Francis Street & Memorial Boulevard Intersection Safety Improvements – Presentation of proposed safety improvements.
  4. Adjournment
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Providence Geeks – April 15, 2015

Providence Geeks Providence Geeks
Wednesday, April 15th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

From Providence Geeks:


Spring is finally here! Let’s celebrate its arrival with a terrific presenter.

batchbookSince its founding in 2006, Providence-based Batchbook has helped thousands of small businesses track their contacts, win deals, and grow their businesses. Along the way, Batchbook has played a key role in pioneering “social CRM,” and founding the popular trade association, the Small Business Web.

At the April Geek Dinner on Wednesday the 15th, Batchbook Founder & CEO Pamela O’Hara and Founding Member & VP of Strategy Keri Calhoun, will give an overview of Batchbook today. She’ll also share some of the hard-won wisdom they’ve gained running a popular B2B SaaS service for almost a decade, and give a sneak peek at where Batchbook is headed next.

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ProJo: ‘Linear park’ on Washington Bridge to open in June

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If you were thinking that, come the first warm sunny spring day, you’d hop on your bike and check out the new “linear park” on the Washington Bridge — or even that you’d commute to work over it — think again.

Already behind schedule last fall, the projected completion of the span linking the East Bay Bike Path to Providence’s India Point Park has been pushed back until June, according to Rose Amoros, spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation.

You can blame the cold, snowy winter for the further delays, Amoros said.

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WPRI: Providence moving forward with streetcar plan

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Providence is moving forward with an altered – and slightly cheaper – version of its proposed streetcar line.

The city is currently seeking proposals for “planning and engineering services” that would include a preliminary design of a 1.6-mile streetcar line that would begin at Providence Station and end near the main entrance on Rhode Island Hospital.

The projected $100.2-million price tag is less than the original $117.8-million proposal, in part because the city is no longer planning stops on College Hill in the first phase of its plan. Future extensions of the line would include the East Side and Dudley Street in South Providence.

Update

Dan McGowan asked me to comment on the streetcar for the “Saturday Morning Post” on WPRI.

The state can support the streetcar project and make it more successful by working to increase the speed and frequency of MBTA Commuter Rail service between Providence and Boston and extending service to Kingston Station near URI.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – April 6, 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, APRIL 6, 2015, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Governor Raimondo.
  2. Welcoming Remarks by Mayor Elorza.
  3. Welcome by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  4. Executive Director’s Report and Review of Materials, and Introduction of Commission Consultants, Fuss & O’Neill and DK Communications.
  5. Presentation by Lisa Pinsonneault of Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office regarding Open Meetings Act.
  6. Discussion and Adoption of Revised 2015 Commission Meeting Schedule, May – December.
  7. Discussion and Vote regarding Adoption of the 2014 City of Providence Zoning Ordinance.
  8. 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).

    III. Public Session

  9. Chairman’s Remarks.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.
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Capital Center Commission Meeting – April 8, 2015

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of December 10, 2014
    2.2 Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of September 16, 2014, November 18, 2014 and December 2, 2014
  3. Election of Officers
  4. Internal Operating Procedures: Development Fees
  5. Parcel 15: Francis Street parking lot update
  6. Adjournment
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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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