City Survey about the City

The city has a survey online about, well, the city: The City of Providence is conducting research about residents’ perceptions of the city. Your input in this process is important in helping the City understand what makes Providence appealing to visitors, businesses, students and residents. This survey is open to everyone and should take about […]


Pratt Street Overnight On-Street Parking Forum

From the Citizens for Resident Permit Parking This meeting is to address a petition from Pratt Street. A majority of residents on Pratt have agreed that they would like to try a one year trial for premit parking. A Public Forum on Overnight On-Street Parking Wheeler School Monday, November 19 from 7-8:30 PM. Join us […]



Craftland is back, running December 1st though 22nd with an Opening Party November 30th. Craftland is an annual holiday sale in Providence, RI that celebrates all kinds of handmade objects and the people who make them. Craftland 2007 is located at 235 Westminster Street. We will be open from December 1-22, 2007. Check out the […]


Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Our next Greater City: Exchange meeting is next Tuesday, September 11th. We’ll be meeting at 5:30pm at Ada’s Creations 1137 Broad Street in Elmwood on the city’s South Side. RIPTA: Route 11 Our special guest will be Patrick Ward from Citizens for Resident Permit Parking. Patrick has been doing a lot of work on the […]


Paved paradise…

WBNA and CHNA lost their appeal today to keep the Old Public Safety Complex from being demolished, and not more than half an hour after the verdict was reached, the wrecking ball went to work, ProJo has the story here. While The Procaccianti Group does have a proposal to build a new structure at this […]


Comment on the Old Public Safety Complex

Workers removing decorative facade elements from the Old Public Safety Complex on July 12, 2007. Dear Members of the Providence ZBR: Greater City Providence writes today to vigorously oppose The Procaccianti Group’s application before you, requesting a use variance to turn this potentially salvageable historic building into a temporary parking lot. Putting aside a moment […]


East Side graffiti clean-up results

Saturday the 14th The College Hill Neighborhood Association, the District 9 Providence Police, the Providence Preservation Society, the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force, and Councilmen Cliff Wood and Seth Yurdin sponsored a graffiti clean-up on the East Side. Approximately 40 volunteers showed up to clean signs, paint mailboxes, sign-posts, alarm pulls, and buildings, and the Mayor’s […]


I play a Geek in The Phoenix

Photo © Richard McCaffrey for The Providence Phoenix Friend of Greater City Providence Jack Templin and his cohort Brian Jepson are the Providence Geeks. In last week’s Phoenix (still lingering on newsstands until this Thursday), Ian Donnis wrote a nice piece on the Geeks, geek-culture, and the technology industry in Providence. And I jumped into […]


Fire at Grove Street School

From the Providence Journal: July 17, 2007 Update: Fire at former Grove St. School under control PROVIDENCE – A late-morning fire has been brought under control at the two-story brick building that is the former Grove Street School. City firefighters responded at 11:42 a.m. to 113 Grove St., according to James Taylor, chief of communications […]


DRC to review Fogarty Building demo – Monday, July 9, 2007

Rendering of 111 Fountain Street from The Procaccianti Group Tomorrow (Monday, July 9th), the Downcity Design Review Committee will consider a proposal by The Procaccianti Group (TPG) to demolish the Fogarty Building, located at 111 Fountain Street, Downtown. If the DRC grants the preliminary approval for demolition, the DRC will then review plans for the […]


Benefit Street Graffiti Clean-Up – July 14, 2007

The College Hill Neighborhood Association, the District 9 Providence Police, the Providence Preservation Society and the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force, in partnership with Councilmen Cliff Wood and Seth Yurdin and Adler’s Hardware, invite the community to the Historic Benefit Street Graffiti Clean-up Saturday July 14th, 9:00am-12:00 noon. Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in […]


Brown Bookstore topic of next GC: Exchange – July 10, 2007

Our next Greater City: Exchange meeting will take place next Tuesday, July 10th starting at 5:30pm at Spats Restaurant. Spats is located at 182 Angell Street (near the corner of Thayer), we will be meeting on the lower level. At the meeting, representatives from the Brown Bookstore will be joining us to talk about their […]


Cleanup tomorrow at Dexter Park – July 7, 2007

Friends of Dexter Training Ground will be having a park clean-up tomorrow at 9:00am Photo by B. Sachs Cleanup of Dexter Park! This Saturday, July 7th from 9-11am we will be having a post-July 4th cleanup of Dexter Training Ground. We will be picking up litter, cleaning graffiti, and making note of anything that needs […]


Bradford Street safe, for now.

Image from Google Maps Tonight the Providence City Council did the right thing and voted to send the resolution to abandon a portion of Bradford Street back to committee, meaning it will return to the Planning Department and City Plan Commission for review, as it should have all along. Earlier in the evening, the Public […]


Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yes, next week. We’ve been a bit distracted with all this business about Bradford Street, but Bret was able to arrange for a location while he is on vacation out west. The meeting will be at Spats Restaurant & Bar at 182 Angell Street on the East Side. We will be discussing upcoming renovation plans […]


In the News: Bradford Street

Providence Business News: Luxury condo tower plans draw ire The Providence City Council is scheduled to vote July 5 on a street abandonment that would make way for a luxury, high-security condominium tower rising above Interstate 95 at the entrance to Federal Hill. Vista Della Torre is an $80 million, 33-story project at the intersection […]


Don’t abandon Bradford Street

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 […]