New Urban Arts wins national award

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Update: We received the photo above of today’s award presentation. Pictured from Left to Right: Jason Yoon, Executive Director, New Urban Arts; Rosalia Velis, Studio Team Advisory Board Chair; and First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Steven E. Purcell It’s official! New Urban Arts, an interdisciplinary arts studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, Rhode …

Cities x Design on the Renaissance

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Charlie Cannon talks with Cities x Design about the renaissance of Providence and how the city strives to balance economic growth with social and cultural priorities. More on Providence at Cities x Design

Hand From Above

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Giant hand grabs pedestrians off British Streets. Hand From Above encourages us to question our normal routine when we often find ourselves rushing from one destination to another. Inspired by Land of the Giants and Goliath, we are reminded of mythical stories by mischievously unleashing a giant hand from the BBC Big Screen. Passers by will be playfully transformed. What …

Pink Cross Pink Shield

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The new Blue Cross Blue Shield Building in Capital Center was lit up pink last night in recognition of the Flames of Hope WaterFire: The State House of course was also pink, but my photos of that came out crap. And, the GTECH cube was pink, here’s my best photo of that: Photos by Jef Nickerson

PPS Most Endangered Properties Photography Exhibit

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The Providence Preservation Society’s most endangered properties are being highlighted at a photography exhibit at the Peerless Lofts on Westminster Street. The Providence Preservation Society’s acclaimed annual Most Endangered Properties Photography Exhibit will appear September 10 through October 10 in the atrium of the historic Peerless Building at 150 Union Street in downtown Providence. This collaborative effort between PPS and …

Yay! Moo

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From Twitter to UrbanPlanet and now on CNET we learn that British printer is opening a U.S. operations center here in Providence. With the opening of its operations center in Providence, R.I., however, Moo should be able to get cards into U.S. customers’ hands much quicker, something that should help keep customers happy and returning again and again. The …

More NY Times Articles of Note

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The NY Times writers and editors have for some time been examining transit and land use issues, but with the economic calamity unfolding and the mood for “stimulus” in the air, they have had many good articles of late. One is by the liberal-leaning Bob Herbert who, like his conservative co-columnist David Brooks, begs for infrastructure updates first and foremost …

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

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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 …

Blueprint America

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Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy In the above video Rachel Maddow speaks with PBS’ David Brancaccio about Thirteen/WNET’s new project Blueprint America. Blueprint America is a precedent-setting multi-platform initiative - developed and produced by Thirteen/WNET, and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation – that will harness the power of public broadcasting’s most prestigious programs, …

Ever wanted to fling Jen Cole into the ocean?

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You know, to see if she sinks or floats and confirm your suspicion that she’s a witch? Well, she’ll fling herself into the cold waters of Virginia Beach next month if you help her raise money for the Virginia Special Olympics. Visit this page to make a pledge towards Jen’s $2,500 goal.

RI Historical Society Looking for Guides…

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Interested in Rhode Island and Providence history and wished you could share your enthusiasm with others? If so, strongly consider replying to the Rhode Island Historical Society’s call for recruits to do John Brown House, College Hill, and RiverWalk tours. Training sessions will run from January 21st to February 25th on Wednesday mornings from 10AM to 12:30 PM. Intrigued? If …

Providence Open Market moves to Pawtucket?

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Well OK, I kid, kind of. But why is the Providence Open Market moving from Westminster Street Downcity to Lippitt Park on the Pawtucket line? The Providence Open Market, now in its 2nd season, is the city’s only Open-Air Market where you can shop for handmade artisan goods and fine art. Now located in picturesque Lippitt Park, on the east …

Broadway/Westminster Graffiti Cleanup Saturday, March 15

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UPDATE: Due to snow expected tomorrow morning, the organizers of this event have decided to go with their snow date, 03/15, same time, same location. View Larger Map The WBNA and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation are hosting a graffiti cleanup on Broadway on Saturday, March 1st. Details are: We need your help! Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, …

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The Providence Eye

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Every great city boasts some iconic structure, often piercing the skyline, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Boston has the Zakim Bridge, London has the London Eye, and soon Providence will have it’s own icon. This parking garage on Weybosset Street. OK, I’m being a little silly, but putting aside for a minute that cars are evil and we should be …

Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area

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Jewelry District and Providence skyline from new Providence River Bridge. From the Downtown Providence website: The Jewelry District Association and The Providence Foundation invite you to an “Open House” to Discuss Your Ideas for the Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area. DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 TIME: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM PLACE: The Providence …