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Downcity Design Review Committee – May 11, 2009

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Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, May 11, 2009 • 4:45pm 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: April 13, 2009 Project Review 1. DRC Application No. 09.07, 220 Weybosset Street (Providence Performing Arts Center) Proposal to construct a one-story addition on …

Federal Hill/West End/Reservoir Providence Tomorrow Charrettes – May 4-7, 2009

In Government by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Mayor & City Council Host Providence Tomorrow Neighborhood Charrette Weeklong workshops exploring West End, Federal Hill and Reservoir issues to begin Monday, May 4th at Federal Hill House Mayor David N. Cicilline and the Providence City Council announced plans for the 9th Providence Tomorrow Neighborhood Charrette for the West End, Federal Hill and Reservoir neighborhoods on May 4 – 7 …

You go Tim White!

In Government, Media by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

I ♥ Tim White. I loved his report last night on Parks Department slackers. Now, as Bob McMahon pointed out, there are hard working parks employees out there who truly care about their jobs and the city, but I wonder what the ratio is. Take a look at your local park then ask yourself if you are surprised about what …

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City Plan Commission – April 21, 2009

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Notice of Regular Meeting • Tuesday, April 21, 2009 • 4:45pm 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: March 17, 2009 City Council Referral 1. Referral 3316 – Petition to Abandon a Portion of Niagara Street Petition to abandon a portion …

Capital Center Commission downsizes

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View Larger Map The Providence Journal reports today on the reorganization of the Capital Center Commission. The Commission was founded after the river relocation project to guide development in the Capital Center District (roughly bounded by Smith Street, Exchange Terrace, the highway, and the Moshassuck River). While the District still has much room for future progress, development has slowed. Currently …

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Downcity Design Review Committee – April 13, 2009

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Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, April 13, 2009 • 4:45pm 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: March 9, 2009 Project Review 1. DRC Application No. 08.04, 173 Weybosset Street (Fletcher Building) Design changes to an approved signage and awning plan …

Rep. Segal reports on a couple bills up in the Assembly

In Government by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Site of current Old Public Safety Building Memorial Parking Lot Over on the Dose, Rep. Segal highlights a couple interesting bills: Restoration of the historic tax credits, for projects with a lot of affordable housing. (I’m open to considering expansions, if it miraculously gets moving, but would certainly want it to be tighter than the original version.) Demolition bonds for …

Me no understand

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So I (well, not I, it’s from the email list, not a personal message) get this email from the Mayor: Dear friends of Providence, Today I made a decision that will allow me to place all of my focus and energy on protecting the gains we’ve made in Providence and seeing our city through the current economic crisis. I hope …

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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting (03/09)

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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING • MONDAY, MARCH 9, 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: January 12, 2009 and February 9, 2009 Approval of 2009 DRC Calendar Project Review 1. Case No. 09.04 One AT&T Plaza Proposal …

State of the City Address, and What’s Missing…

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As many have likely already heard on the radio (WRNI has excellent coverage) or read in the ProJo’s reporting, the mayor set out a broad agenda (called “Operation Opportunity”) for spending of economic stimulus funding for the city. The sprawling, multi-objective plan will be put online and residents will be able to follow progress item by item. Most interesting from …

Mayor’s “State of the City” Tonight

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Tonight at 7 PM is Mayor Mayor David Cicilline’s “State of the City” address. It’s at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 5th floor Rotunda. Greater City Providence will be there. Does anyone know if the Convention Center has WiFi? If so, I’ll try to liveblog it… From the press release: The Mayor will talk about the City’s response to the …

New favorite Obama quote

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In a question and answer session today in Ft. Myers, Florida, President Obama stated the following in response to a question about transportation and infrastructure in the stimulus package: It’s imagining new transportation systems. I’d like to see high speed rail where it can be constructed. I would like for us to invest in mass transit because potentially that’s energy …

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Downcity Design Review Committee – February 9, 2009

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 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: January 12, 2009 Approval of 2009 DRC Calendar Project Review 1. Case No. 09.02 165 Washington Street Civic Center Parking Garage (Public Hearing) The subject of the hearing …

What taxpayers?

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So looking at the ProJo this morning, this is what the homepage shows: There are SOOOOO many things I could say about these two headlines, but I’ll just say this: With unemployment at 10%, which taxpayers exactly will be bailing out Twin River? What happens when we run out of taxpayers? OK, I’m gonna say one more thing: PROVIDENCE - …

Detroit (Bob Lutz, at Least) Hints at Need for Gas Tax

In Economy, Government, Uncategorized by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

The blunt and effective Robert Lutz of General Motors, an executive who inspires both love (he’s a product genius and calls things as he sees them) and hate (he bluntly calls things as he sees them, even when unpopular, as when he ridiculed the idea of global warming), again seems to be suggesting what many analysts have been recommending for …

The Advocate thinks he’s running

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The Advocate in a story this month speculates that Mayor Cicilline may have his eyes on Smith Hill. The article states Cicilline is, “(w)idely considered one of the state’s most viable gubernatorial candidates for 2010.” I don’t like to stray too far into politics here, but seriously, is anyone a viable gubernatorial candidate in 2010? Does anyone even want to …

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Downcity Design Review Committee – January 12, 2009

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MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 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 10, 2008 Project Review 1. Case No. 09.01 159 Weybosset Street Smith/Mathewson Building Proposal to renovate the exterior of the building, rebuild rooftop penthouse, and add new window …

Where’s the strategic investment?

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In President-elect Obama’s weekly address he discusses American Recovery and Reinvestment. In the video above (transcript here) Obama says: That’s why we need an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that not only creates jobs in the short-term but spurs economic growth and competitiveness in the long-term. And this plan must be designed in a new way – can’t just fall …