ProJo: R.I. Gov. Chafee proposes moving state offices into landmark ‘Superman building’ in Providence

In Asides, Bicycles, Downcity, Governmentby Greater City Providence10 Comments

Governor Chafee, as part of a package of budget amendments submitted to the legislature Thursday, proposes using part of this year’s revenue windfall to fund the initial planning and engineering to evaluate moving state offices into the building at 111 Westminster St.

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In Asides, Economyby Greater City Providence2 Comments

Allan Tear, co-founder of Betaspring, an incubator program that helps high-tech entrepreneurs turn their ideas into companies, aims to create a “start-up revolution” in areas including art and design and food and beverage that he says are founts of largely untapped economic potential. Soren Ryherd, whose Providence company Working Planet helps businesses maximize profit through online marketing, plans to launch …

The Providence Phoenix: At Kennedy Plaza, plans for rebirth

In Arts, Asides, Downcity, Parks/Open Spaceby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Officials have moved, with some success, to cut down on crime in recent years. And they have taken a few steps toward revitalization: a farmer’s market, a beer garden in the summer, repairs to the fountain in Burnside Park. But Kennedy Plaza is far from the civic hub the city’s boosters envision. And so it was with some anticipation that …

RI Future: Taveras Beheads Flanders; Chafee Should Give Him Haircut

In Asides, Economy, Governmentby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Bob Flanders seemed to take a perverse pleasure in threatening other people’s livelihoods. But yesterday he was the one who got beheaded rather than getting a haircut when Providence Mayor Angel Taveras severed the city’s relationship with the Central Falls receiver-turned-municipal bankruptcy zealot. Taveras fired Flanders yesterday because the retired Supreme Court justice, who was acting as an legal adviser … MBTA unveils 23 percent fare hike; limited service cuts also proposed

In Asides, Transportationby Greater City Providence4 Comments

MBTA riders would pay an average of 23 percent more and most service cuts would be spared under a budget-balancing plan that will be announced this morning by the T, the state’s top transportation official said in an interview. The changes, to take effect July 1, are significantly less severe than the two proposals unveiled by the T in January …

PBN: Providence Chapter 9 “unavoidable”

In Asides, Economy, Governmentby Greater City Providence7 Comments

Providence, Rhode Island’s capital and biggest city, probably will seek bankruptcy court protection to deal with a budget deficit, Robert Flanders, the state-appointed receiver for nearby Central Falls, said Tuesday. “I don’t see how they can get out of it without going there,” said Flanders, a former state Supreme Court justice and a partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. …

ecoRI News: New Launch Date for Single-Stream Recycling

In Asides, Environmentby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

The goal of single-stream recycling is to dramatically increase the volume of recycable items collected, thereby extending the life of the state landfill. The new sorting machines can bundle a variety of plastics, such as coffee cups and yogurt containers. Selling bales of these plastics to recycling processors is expected to bring in additional revenue to the RIRRC and participating …

PBN: I-195 commission focuses on the details

In 195 Relocation Project, Asidesby Greater City Providence1 Comment

Faced with the seemingly daunting task of maximizing land use in the heart of Providence for the next generation, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission finds itself immersed in details concerning every inch of the 40-plus acres of the old highway’s footprint. The process could take years, according to John Kelly, vice chairperson of the commission. Kelly spoke before the Rhode …

Media Matters: STUDY: Media Missing The Mark On Gas Prices

In Asides, Media, Transportationby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

A Media Matters analysis of print and television coverage of rising gasoline prices between January 1 and February 29 finds that news outlets often provided a shallow and shortsighted treatment of the issue. For instance, several outlets largely overlooked fuel economy standards – a key policy solution that mitigates U.S. vulnerability to price spikes – while promoting increased U.S. drilling …

RINPR: Chafee unveils plan for state’s distressed communities; legislative outlook uncertain

In Asides, Economy, Governmentby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Flanked by mayors and town managers from around the state, Governor Lincoln Chafee unveiled a plan this afternoon for helping Rhode Island’s most fiscally troubled communities. He held up a copy of the Providence Journal - featuring headlines about Woonsocket’s cash crunch and Providence’s bond downgrade - to underscore the gravity of the situation. See also: WPRI: A roundup of …

WPRI: 195 land commission needs more money

In 195 Relocation Project, Asides, Governmentby Greater City Providence7 Comments

The Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission created by the General Assembly last year was given $250 million for economic development planning. Now the seven-member commission of volunteers says it needs more money to hire an executive director to help execute the group’s five months of planning. Seems the Commission actually borrowed $250k from the EDC, not was given $250 million …

City: Deadline for Providence Homeowners to Reapply for Homestead Tax Exemption Extended to April 6

In Asides, Government, Housingby Greater City Providence1 Comment

Because of changes to the ordinance governing the City of Providence’s homestead exemption, every Providence homeowner is required to reapply this year for the exemption. Due to the large number of applications still outstanding, the Office of the Tax Assessor has extended the reapplication deadline to Friday, April 6, 2012.

Bad bridges costing RIPTA

In Asides, RIPTA, Transportationby Greater City Providence5 Comments

ProJo reports on how deficient bridges are hurting RIPTA’s bottom line. The agency recently adopted a plan to reduce service and raise fares to close an expected budget gap. The service cuts will save a projected $650,000 and the fare increase will generate a projected $975,000. Meanwhile the authority has spend approximately $1,000,000 due to bridges that they cannot cross. …

Bike to work day photos?

In Asidesby Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Anyone have any photos from Bike-To-Work Day festivities, or from one of the Bike Trains? Our Flickr Group would love to have some shared with it. 🙂 Me? I was busy walking to work today.