Commuter Rail, Urban Infill Stations, and Shuttle Train Rapid Transit

In Featured, RIPTA, Transportation by Peter Brassard42 Comments

DMU train in Luxumbourg. Photo (cc) bindonlane Rhode Island’s commuter rail service as currently conceived may not be conducive to encouraging ridership. Distances between existing and proposed stations are too far. Much of the focus has been on extending the system further into low-density suburbs. For Rhode Island commuter rail to succeed, more needs to be done to take advantage …

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What Cheer/What Jeer 2010

In 195 Relocation Project, Arts, Buildings, Development, Downcity, Election 2010, Featured, Government, Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Roads, Transportation, What Cheer/What Jeer by Greater City Providence4 Comments

Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Whether you love it or hate it, Providence will soon be getting a new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River. Design firms large and small from around the world entered the competition that led to the winning design. And the competition got people around the city interested in transportation and design. RIPTA Last year we declared …

What’s going on with the Dynamo House?

In Buildings, Development, Featured, Waterfront by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

More than any other, that is the question I get most asked about. Anything happening with the Dynamo House? I tell people I know it is firmly planted on the Planning Department’s agenda, the Mayor seems to be concerned about it, but the economy blows. Well, Providence Business News had a little more info yesterday. Harbor East Development Group LLC …

Thoughts on the Councilman Hassett hit and run

In Featured, Roads by Jef Nickerson26 Comments

Atwells Avenue. Image from Google StreetView First, this goes without saying, but let’s say it because I’m about to get angry. Our thoughts (and I’m sure for those of us that do so, prayers) are with Councilman Hassett and his family and friends, and we hope for nothing but the speediest and fullest recovery for the Councilman and to see …

All at once, or slow and steady. How to develop the Route 195 land?

In 195 Relocation Project, Buildings, Featured by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

Rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox via The Architect’s Newspaper Seemingly (and perhaps literally) since before I was born, Boston has been attempting to redevelop the area across Fort Point Channel from downtown. The Fan Pier area and what is now being called, Seaport Square. Over the decades plan after plan has been proposed and approved only to fall through. To …

Coastway Community Bank on Washington Street

In Buildings, Downcity, Featured by Jef Nickerson17 Comments

Rendering by Saccoccio & Associates Architects Back in March Coastway Community Bank first appeared before the DRC to seek permission to renovate the old Washington trust location on Washington Street and move from their Greene Street location. I saw some renderings around that time, Coastway was back at DRC that April, then I heard nothing about it and had pretty …

New York\’s Quality of Life Agenda

In Featured, Other Cities, Video by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Yes, yes, I know. Providence is not New York, it is hard to compare. But all of these initiatives are things that can and should be scaled to Providence. Look at this Times Square statistic again, there was a ten-to-one ratio of pedestrians to cars, yet 90% of the space was devoted to cars. No place in Providence is Times …

Elmwood Avenue Enhancement Report

In Featured, Parks/Open Space, Roads by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

From Community Works Rhode Island comes the Elmwood Avenue Enhancement Report . RIDOT has been planning for the rebuilding of Elmwood Avenue, and their proposals were typical RIDOT move as many cars as possible in the least amount of time designs. Community Works and others got out ahead of RIDOT and asked the community what they wanted and came up …

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East Providence, Village on the Waterfront

In Development, Featured, Waterfront by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Rendering from Village on the Waterfront LLC ProJo reports that the East Providence Mayor and City Council are WICKED excited about the prospect of a $167 million condo, marina, commercial development on that city’s waterfront. “Are you kidding me,” said an excited Mayor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. “This is the single greatest private economic development project in the history of …

Natural Food grocery sought for West Side location

In Featured, Retail by Greater City Providence8 Comments

Image from WBNA The WBNA has issued a Request for Proposals for a natural food grocer in their new building at 1577 Westminster Street. West Side group seeks natural foods grocery to partner Big incentives for “right fit” grocer or co-op in newly constructed, green retail space Providence, Rhode Island – October 4, 2010 – The West Broadway Neighborhood Association …

Amtrak’s Next-Gen High Speed Rail vision by-passes Providence

In Featured, Transportation by Jef Nickerson21 Comments

Update 07/11/2012: Amtrak has released an updated vision for the Northeast Corridor which happily does not by-pass Providence. Read the report. (.pdf) Amtrak released A Vision for High-Speed Rail in the Northeast Corridor [.pdf] today. The Vision is as of yet unfunded, would not be complete until 2040, and the alignment analyzed for this report would by-pass Providence (there’d be …

Some observations from Alexandria, Virginia

In Featured, Other Cities by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Last weekend I was in Alexandria, Virginia. My hotel which was mega-cheap and right next to a Metro station was out in the exurbia hell next to the Beltway surrounded by surface parking, but not too far away was Old Town. While walking around the King Street area I snapped a few photos. CVS without a drive-thru! I was very …

Rumor: RISD to demolish Farnum Hall

In Buildings, Featured, Rumor by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Image from Google StreetView This post is marked as a rumor because I have not been able to independently verify it yet, but it is not a surprising development. ArtInRuins posted the info on their Facebook page the other day. Farnum Hall is located on Congdon Street not too far from Prospect Park. RISD Facilities closed the building a couple …

Providence Journal seeks demolition of historic Brownell & Field Co. Building

In Buildings, Featured by Jef Nickerson23 Comments

Photo from Providence Preservation Society The Providence Business News reports that the Providence Journal is seeking permission to demolish the 1907 Brownell & Field Co. Building located at 119 Harris Avenue. The building is listed on the Providence Preservation Society’s 2010 list of 10 Most Endangered Properties. The Brownell & Field Co. and Terminal Warehouse Co. buildings represent a typology …

Why a Monorail is Better than a Streetcar

In Featured, Transportation by Peter Brassard17 Comments

This post was submitted Greater City Providence reader Peter Brassard. If you’ve written something you’d like us to consider posting, please contact us and let us know. A monorail is a better choice than a streetcar. The construction costs for a light monorail are similar to streetcars, but operational costs would be roughly 70% less. It is true that both …

Rally for Grove Street School (Sept. 11)

In Buildings, Events, Featured by Greater City Providence5 Comments

Channel 10 video from February 2007. Grove Street School Community Rally Saturday, September 11th – 10:00am Grove Street School, 95 Grove Street Come learn the history of this school and how you can help save this endangered historic building. Bring your camera and camera phones to take photos for SeeClickFix. Sponsored by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association and the Providence …