RIPTA Hearings on proposed fare hikes

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Board Votes to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed Fare Increases RIPTA’s board of directors voted at it’s April 7th meeting to hold public hearings on proposed fares increases. Sharp hikes in the cost of fuel are behind the fare increase proposal. “Unfortunately, we have to seek fare increases to compensate for some of the steep increases in fuel costs. Fuel …

For Sale: Slightly damaged school house

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Update on the Grove Street School, after all the heartburn, seems the owners are now willing to sell: Dear Friends, This was sent today (May 5, 2008) from Deming Sherman regarding the court issues and purchase of Grove St school. There needs to be a buyer offering a bid with serious intentions soon. This may be a problematic development effort …

Why is no one dining outside?

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Why is no one eating at sidewalk tables on this beautiful spring afternoon (well aside from the fact that Broadway Bistro isn’t open for lunch, I didn’t feel like walking further down the block to illustrate the point fully)? Seems that due to complaints, the city has been cracking down on permits for outdoor dining in the Broadway area. From …

RI Nexus others host “Concentric” Thurs., May 8, 2008

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RI Nexus announces Concentric tomorrow night at the Wild Colonial Tavern. We’re cross-pollinating social networks in a way that only Rhode Island can. The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), The American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIGA Rhode Island, plus the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU ), plus Providence Geeks and RI Nexus are having a casual gathering at the …

Coming to a thoroughfare near you; bike lanes

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson for gcpvd.org In a press release about National Bike to Work Day (May 16th) we learn from Bike Providence that the city is planning to stripe bike lanes on several streets in the city. The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development has completed plans for the striping and signing of bicycle routes along many …

They’ll need a crane

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The economy may be souring, but there are still a few projects underway in Providence. Monday I hit the streets and took some photos of three of them, the new Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters in Capital Center, the Capitol Cove project also in Capital Center, and the Hampton Inn project at the St. Francis Chapel on Weybosset Street. First …

Google Transit Rhode Island!

In Transportation by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

View Larger Map We asked for it, and we got it! As Daily Dose reported last night, Google Transit now includes the state of Rhode Island. This means that now whenever you use Google Maps to find directions in Rhody, you now have a link in the upper left corner that says Directions: Drive There – Take Public Transit. It …

Providence Kickball League Signups

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photo credit: stock.xchng The Providence Kickball League is getting ready for the 2008 season. If you’re interested in joining the fun, or you’re ready to get your team back on the roster, come by AS220 on May 10th at 4:30pm-6:00pm. From the PKL website: Required for Sign-ups Team Manifesto: This is easy. Most of you should expect this by now. …

Greater City Providence Position on Vista Della Torre Zoning Hearing

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm the Zoning Board of Review will hear a petition on variance for the project known as Vista Della Torre on Federal Hill. TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AND THE PROVIDENCE HOUSING AUTHORITY, PROPERTY OWNERS AND TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, APPLICANT: 21 & 32 Federal Street at Bradford Street. The applicant is requesting relief from …

Paved paradise?

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View Larger Map Acorn Street at Spruce Street, Federal Hill I was walking down Spruce Street last night in the rain to go to the new Walgreens at 333 Atwells to buy some ice cream, when I realized something was missing on Spruce Street. Remember that social club behind Tony’s Colonial? Well it’s gone. No not closed, gone, the whole …

April 8, Zoning Board of Review hearing on Vista Della Torre

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The Vista Della Torre project will have a hearing at the Zoning Board of Review on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm in the Probate Court Room, 5th Floor of Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street. TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AND THE PROVIDENCE HOUSING AUTHORITY, PROPERTY OWNERS AND TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, APPLICANT: 21 & 32 Federal Street at Bradford Street. …

WBNA Membership Kick-Off Party

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From the WBNA: 5th Annual ‘roll-the-dice’ Membership Kick-Off Come join the party and renew your membership! Sunday, April 6th at Julian’s Restaurant, 5:30pm to 7:30PM Free food and cash bar. Roll the Dice for your cover charge! Roll “snake eyes”and Get in for Free! Carnival games and prizes! Become a member at the Party and receive a free gift! The …

Put PC on the map

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I live in the Elmhurst neighborhood about a block from Providence College. PC is a very nice school, and I’ve had many friends graduate from there and tell me how nice it was to live in Providence. It’s a lovely school, and offers its students enough amenities that they don’t have to leave the campus if they don’t want to. …

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A couple articles from the intertubes

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

The Atlantic: The Next Slum? – The subprime crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Fundamental changes in American life may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements. Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac. Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant. Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading. …

Little green houses, for you and me

In Environment by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

The Mayor’s Office announced today a design competition to design environmentally sensitive affordable housing for Providence. PROVIDENCE – Imagine Providence neighborhoods with houses that are affordable, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. That’s what Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline will ask the community to do when he kicks off the city’s first-ever Sustainable Housing Design Competition on Thursday, March 6 at …

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Greater City Providence Comments on proposed rezoning in the Waterfront District

In Waterfront by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Aerial image from Microsoft Virtual Earth To: Councilman Seth Yurdin Cc: Mayor David Cicilline Cc: Planning Director Thomas Deller Cc: Councilman Cliff Wood I am writing on behalf of Greater City Providence in regards to the petition being heard by the City Council Ordinance Committee on Monday, March 3rd to change the zoning of Lots 344 and 345 on Zoning …