You can’t get there from here

In Transportation, Waterfront by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Bad news, RIPTA’s Providence/Newport fast ferry service will end October 16, 2008, for good. RIPTA reports in their January 31st Destinations eNewsletter that the service will end do to the expiration of federal funds. Federal Funding Made Ferry Possible “We’re proud that we were able to secure federal funding for three consecutive three-year grant cycles, $575,000 annually for a total …

aka The Tower of Terror II

In Buildings, Development by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Photo of Newport Collaborative rendering by Jef Nickerson for Last Tuesday the City Council’s Public Works Committee approved a request by Cranston developer Frank Zammiello to receive an underground easement below a portion of Bradford Street in order to build a condo project dubbed, Vista Della Torre. At the same meeting the Public Works Committee was unable to reach …

23rd Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, April 12

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The Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference takes place April 12th on the West Side of Providence: The 23rd Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference Saturday, April 12 on Providence’s West Side Preservation Past, Present, and Future The year 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Act and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. …

PADS General Meeting, Feb. 7, 2008

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Pawtucket Alliance for Downtown Success (PADS) are holding a general meeting on February 7th in Downtown Pawtucket: PADS General Meeting Thursday, February 7 Refreshments @ 6:30pm / Meeting @ 7:00pm at Machine with Magnets 400 Main Street, Pawtucket RIPTA It has been a while since we all met! As we begin 2008, Downtown Pawtucket faces a new challenge: the replacement …

Library Reform Group Public Forum, February 11

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Image by hbrinkman from stock.xchng The Library Reform Group is sponsoring a public forum entitled, How Libraries Raise Money. Invited panelists include Louise Blalock, Chief Librarian of the Hartford Public Library and Kathryn Taylor, Executive Director of the Westerly Public Library. The forum will convene at Knight Memorial Library on Monday, February 11, 2008 from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. The public …

Green Ocean State

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David Segal is freaking out over on Daily Dose this morning after reading a ProJo editorial. Freaking out in a good way though. New energy projects ASAP The Ocean State has great potential sites for wind turbines, both offshore and on land, and it has plenty of room for wave-energy generators … But as renewable-energy companies approach the state with …

West Side Crime Watch Meeting tonight, January 22

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WBNA is holding a Crime Watch Meeting tonight at their headquarters on Westminster Street: Crime Watch Meeting January 22, 2008 6:30pm to 7:30pm At WBNA Headquarters 1560 Westminster Street Happy New Year! The Neighborhood Acton Crime Watch Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month with interested and concerned neighbors, Members of the Attorney Generals office and District 4 …

Ugh, Grove Street School

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

I don’t even want to talk about it. Just go here to read the Journal article. Related: Greater City Providence: Grove Street School partial demolition Greater City Providence: A short history of the Grove Street School Greater City Providence: Fire at Grove Street School ArtInRuins: Grove Street School UrbanPlanet: Grove Street School Illegal Demolition

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The Providence Eye

In Uncategorized by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

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 …

Hey, let’s take the train to Woonsocket

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

Photo by pdxstreetcar Wha? You may be asking yourself, ‘why would I want to go to Woonsocket?’ Be kind. Or you may be asking yourself, ‘There’s a train to Woonsocket?’ Well there are train tracks, and freight trains go through there, you could jump on a box car on Allens Avenue and hitch a ride to Woonsocket. But as fun …

Yes, you can haz demo permit

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From ProJo 7to7 Daily News Blog Judge says developer can demolish historic food terminal PROVIDENCE – A judge has ruled that Carpionato Properties can knock down the food and produce terminal on Harris Avenue, denying an attempt by state lawyers to stop the demolition. The Johnston developer had obtained a demolition permit last week from the Providence Building Official, allowing …

Warwick lands one of 74 American Smart car dealerships

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PBN reports that one of the 74 Smart Car dealerships slated for the US will be located in Warwick, on Bald Hill Road. The Smart Car is a tiny car popular in Europe and well suited to urban environments. Able to park head first facing the curb in a parallel parking space for example. I test drove one when they …

Sidewalks shoveled? That’s unpossible!

In Snow by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

So I went outside, camera in hand, all prepared to document the continued un-shoveled-ness of Providence. I live on one of the little alleys off Atwells and we’ve had literally at least 6 snow plows go by today. I thought, ‘great, the city finally gets it on plowing, but that doesn’t help my non-car-owning-pedestrian-ass.’ So out I went to take …