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REBOOT: Dean Street Interchange and Viaduct

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REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them.

Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either way, we hope they generate interest and discussion.

Our first reboot is the Dean Street Interchange and Viaduct between Federal Hill and the Valley/Smith Hill neighborhoods. Currently there’s no doubt, this area is built for the automobile. Lanes are wide, turning radii are designed for highspeed auto travel, sightlines for pedestrians are limited, and in many areas sidewalks and crosswalks are non-existent.

There is also no proper streetscape. In the Federal Hill side the street is lined with highway ramps and surface parking, with small buildings set back from the street. On the Valley side the street is lined with industrial areas with open surface lots below the raised berm the street sits on. To the north of that, across the river lie suburban style development, gas stations, car washes, drive-thru fast food joints and more surface parking.

We propose a radical intervention to make this area more urban, improving pedestrian and bicycle connections between Federal Hill to the south and Valley and Smith Hill to the north, de-emphasize the highway, create urban streetwalls with buildings, stores, and parkland, and free up acres of land for redevelopment.

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Photo © Pseudo_Work from Flickr

Pseudo_Work has submitted some of his photos to the Greater City Providence Group on Flickr, and I must say they are lovely. See his photos in our group and more of his photos by going to his profile.

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Public meetings on Waterfront Park winning design

city-seal_135pxExecutive Office, City of Providence, Rhode Island

Date: May 22nd, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Southern, Press Secretary
(401) 421-2489 x 752


Mayor Cicilline invites the public to provide additional feedback as winning design moves closer to implementation


PROVIDENCE – Mayor David N. Cicilline today invited the public to learn more about the concept design for Providence’s new waterfront parks in a presentation by the firm Brown, Richardson, and Rowe, the winning team in the Waterfront Park Design Competition. The firm’s lead designer, Nina Brown, will give a presentation and the public is encouraged to provide feedback at the two upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m.
The Providence Foundation Auditorium
30 Exchange Terrace

Wednesday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Waterplace Restaurant, 2nd floor
One Finance Way in Waterplace Park

Mayor Cicilline kicked off the Waterfront Park Design Competition last fall by asking design teams to develop their vision of a spectacular waterfront park on two parcels of land that will become available when Interstate Route I-195 is relocated. He appointed an 11-member design selection committee consisting of community leaders to pick the winning concept among 16 submissions. Brown, Richardson and Rowe emerged as the winner.

The purpose of the meetings is to give the public an opportunity to help further refine the concept design for the two parks. The project must also meet contract schedules set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), which is building the parks as part of the highway relocation project.

A video presentation of the proposed park designs and an opportunity to submit comments electronically may also be found online. Written comments may also be sent to the following address before June 15, 2007:

Waterfront Park Design Public Comment
Dalrymple Boathouse
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02903

The parks are scheduled to be constructed in 2011 and will be one of the last features to be completed as part of the highway relocation project.