City Plan Commission Meeting (12/01)

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PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 – 4:45 PM Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 OPENING SESSION Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Meeting Minutes: November 3, 2009 INSTITUTIONAL MASTER PLAN 1. Brown University Institutional Master Plan Amendment # 2 Amendment to the Brown Institutional …

Breakfast on the Bridge, Sydney

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Photo (cc) gilmae Last Sunday, the New South Wales government closed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, laid sod on it, and invited 6,000 people to come have a picnic breakfast. Breakfast on the Bridge was part of the city’s month long Crave Sydney festival celebrating art, comedy, food, and outdoor living. If you are at all familiar with the geography of …

Brown Daily Herald: “Town/Brown”

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View Jewelry District sites in a larger map Key: Green = Brown-owned buildings, Red = Lots Brown is pursuing, Blue = Lots Johnson and Wales University is pursuing. The Brown Daily Herald has launched a five part series they describe as: A five-part Herald series examining Brown’s multifacited relationship with the city it calls home. Parts 1 & 2 are …

Brown University Alpert Medical School

In 195 Relocation Project, Colleges/Universities, Development by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Rendering from Brown University by Ellenzweig Associates The Corporation of Brown University met on Saturday and approved plans for the renovations of 222 Richmond Street in the Jewelry District turning the building into the Alpert Medical School. Pre-recession plans called for the university to construct a new building near Rhode Island Hospital to house the medical school. After the school’s …

Iway new traffic patterns 95 North

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More Iway related lane shifts coming, this time on Route 95: A new lane configuration will start on September 27 and be in place for the morning commute on Monday, September 28. Motorists will find fixed and variable electronic signage to alert them to this change as they approach the construction zone. Ongoing Iway construction immediately after Exit 19 (I-195 …

195 Street Grid Part 5: A look at lot sizes

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In Part 4 much of the discussion revolved around lot sizes. Comment by Corey Call me naive, but personally, I would take some of the parcels not targeted for institutional use, subdivide them, and then sell the subdivided lots individually; much more in line with what would have been done in the 18th or 19th centuries. […] It also allows …

Could the schools help provide needed transit for Downtown?

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In the comments section of the post about the Route 195 surplus land redevelopment report there is an interesting discussion (recommended reading) going on about dividing the parcels into smaller lots to create a more granular Downcity-like development pattern in the Route 195 land. Part of that discussion is the realization that we need better transit options throughout the Downcity …

Temporary Architecture

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Rendering from Envelope Architecture + Design As we start to look towards redeveloping 19 acres of land in the center of our city, during the worst economic downturn in a generation, it is apparent that we need to start thinking outside the proverbial box. Envelope A+D of Oakland, California shows the way with Proxy. The project looks for a temporary …

195 Street Grid Part 3: Wickenden Street update

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In Part 1 of our 195 Street Grid posts, we looked at the Wickenden Street area and an alternate plan proposed by Ron Henderson of L+A Landscape Architecture. The design proposed by RIDOT was less than impressive, after feedback from the public and the Fox Point Neighborhood Association and others, the City Planning Department has requested that RIDOT review the …

195 Street Grid Part 2: Walk Light FAIL in Davol Square

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I’m including this post as part of the 195 Street Grid series because it highlights a very simple but important failure. These lights have been here for a couple (several?) months; the infrastructure for cars is in place, lights are up and on, islands have been moved to make way for lanes, lanes have been marked… The pedestrian infrastructure however, …