Road Diet: Thomas Street

In Reboot, Roads by Jef Nickerson11 Comments

Thomas Street A Road Diet is when the overall width, lane width, or number of lanes on a road is reduced. The goal of the Road Diet is to reduce the speed of traffic and improve safety and or capacity for pedestrians and cyclists. There are many streets in Providence that need to go on diets, and we will profile …

The Squares of Providence

In Roads by Bret Ancowitz17 Comments

View Larger Map About two years ago on the Urbanplanet.org site (which was the primordial soup from which Greater City Providence emerged and was born) I posted about trying to maintain a list of all of the public Squares in the city. The goal was to use such a list as a tool to promote branding of those neighborhoods. The …

ProJo collecting “killer pothole” photos

In Roads by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

North Main Street at Steeple Street. Photo by Jef Nickerson Sheila reports this morning on the ProJo’s effort to collect pothole photos. Potholes are sneaky and dangerous; the worst offer the motorist a choice that isn’t a choice: Crash down into it or swerve into traffic in an adjacent lane. If we know where they are, we can avoid them; …

The Curious Case of the Missing Manhole Cover

In Reader Submissions, Roads by Greater City Providence4 Comments

Reader submitted photos A reader writes to tell us of this manhole cover which has been missing since at least January 21st. The manhole in question is on Bernon Street at Candace Street next to the Smith Hill Public Library. Our reader says he contacted Public Works about this on the 21st and spoke with someone at the city on …

Pothole Nation

In Roads by Bret Ancowitz14 Comments

Photo of this pothole downtown by justincase1021 at flickr.com Traffic calming is achieved! I think it is now impossible, by the laws of physics, to speed on Providence roads without completely shredding one’s automobile… In fact, I’m almost positive a pot hole on Frost Street last year helped end the life of my previous car… Yes, that time of the …

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Don’t abandon Bradford Street

In Roads by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Last October, hundreds of Providence residents, as well as city employees and elected officials, participated in the week-long kickoff of Providence Tomorrow, a neighborhood planning and growth process that showed that regardless of neighborhood, income or race, Providence residents support the move into the 21st century by making Providence a more urban, more walkable, transit-oriented city, while upgrading the quality …