Pawtucket train station update

A couple recent newspaper articles about the future of the Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station: Interesting development regarding Amtrak, from The Journal article: The city claimed its position got a boost last week when officials from Amtrak, which runs the railroad lines that pass through the station, wrote Seelbinder to assert what Amtrak says are its […]


City hosting Providence Tomorrow update meetings

The city will be holding 3 meetings next week to up date people on the feedback from the Providence Tomorrow charrettes. The meetings will be presenting the same information at three different locations over three nights. See below for details in English and Spanish:


Greater City Providence agrees with DRC decision to postpone approval of demolition

Last night the Downcity District Design Review Committee met to review applications by The Procaccianti Group of Cranston to demolish two Downcity buildings. The buildings in question being 111 Fountain Street (the Fogarty Building) and 197 Fountain Street (the Old Public Safety Building). The committee postponed ruling on the demolitions until the designs for new […]


Providence Needs Straphangers…

One thing that was obvious to almost everyone at the Providence Tomorrow charrettes was that few of the participants there for the transit forum were familiar with Providence’s (and RI’s) RIPTA public bus system, and that was a shame considering there were an estimated 72,000 bus rides per day on RIPTA in 2005 (an increase […]



As one Greater City Providence member pointed out to me, my initial posts about Providence Tomorrow had something of a negative tone, and he wished to reassure me that things are actually looking quite hopeful. And you know what? He’s right! My skepticism is almost exclusively directed at some of the the anti-growth, anti-development, and […]


Long week, interesting week, informative week, fun week

The main sessions of the Providence Tomorrow charrettes are over. There’s a work session for Planning staff and the charrette facilitators Friday at 400 Westminster. The public is welcome to drop in, add more photos to the collection, and talk to the staff about the week. On Saturday there will be a wrap up session […]


First impressions; ‘Providence Tomorrow’ Tuesday sessions

Wow. Huh. Hum… Those are the first words that pop into my head after participating in the first day of Providence Tomorrow planning charrettes. Not since medical school have I ever participated in an activity that left me so exhilarated, angry, hopeful, and depressed, all in one sitting. I’ll start “Part I” by reviewing my […]


Providence Tomorrow

The City of Providence has begun the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The city has invited the public to be part of the process of re-evaluating the Comprehensive Plan, and started that public involvement on Wednesday, July 26th with a workshop and ice cream social at Roger Williams Park Casino. The […]