PROPOSED: Brown’s Creative Arts Center

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Could this be the breakthrough building that RISD’s Chase Center was supposed to be? We’ll see… This coming week (details to follow) Brown will be having a public meeting where the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (very cool website, BTW) will take everyone on a virtual tour of the proposed multidisciplinary arts center at Brown that is slated to …

Transportation Bond Passes…

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… and with it jobs will be created, critical infrastructure repairs will be accomplished, our region’s economic viability will improve, and the dream of taking the train to the plane from Boston through Wickford Junction and everywhere in between inches closer to completion. The Projo has coverage here. PS: Kudos to the Black Rep folks in downtown Providence who did …

Trader Joe’s Excitement… In Warwick…

In Retail by Bret Ancowitz6 Comments

While furniture shopping, my wife and I drove by the new Trader Joe’s on Route 2 in Warwick and, if we hadn’t decided to cut our time losses and leave, we otherwise might still be in the checkout line two days later… As my wife put it, “I’ve never seen anyplace this crazy…” It was indeed jam packed. Warwick police …

“Then/Now:” Cool NYTimes Series

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Speaking of the NYTimes, they have a great series looking at streetscape “befores” and “afters” called “Then/Now.” It’s a series of photos from 1978 compared with photos taken currently from an identical location. This is, of course, an old idea, but the Times has a slick interface that allows you to drag a “slider” across the image to overlay the …

Will Eco-Green Kill Skyline Lighting?

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Those of us urban enthusiasts whose hearts melt at the sight of a resplendently lit skyline have long harbored the fear that the “green” movement would become an excuse by anti-urbanists to kill the illumination of skyscrapers and other city buildings. That, one day in the not too distant future, people might find a lit RI Capitol dome or an …

VOTE!

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Image from stock.xchng Yes, yes, we don’t live in Ohio so what does it matter? And if like me, you live on Federal Hill, then both your State Senate and State Representative seats are uncontested. But you still need to vote! It is your duty and it is fun, no honestly connecting the two lines with that marker… fun stuff! …

PBN on Preservation and Development

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The Providence Business News has a great editorial calling for cooler heads and common sense when balancing historic preservation and economic development. They also call for the reinstatement of a meaningful historic tax credit, which is critical right now to continuing neighborhood revitalization and job growth. The issues surrounding the fight over the parking lot at the proposed 19 Harrison …

Curves Closes on Hope (and closes, and closes)

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The “Curves for Women” exercise storefront on Hope Street near Lippett Park is now for rent. I’m not sure how long that’s been the case, but it got me to thinking about the types of retail we all would like and not like to see in our neighborhoods. First, about “Curves,” they initially seem to be a good fit for …

Testing the QAlert System Part III

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Ok, remember the city’s QAlert System which I decided to put to the test (link, link)? I had submitted that the bricks were loose in the crosswalk at Benefit and Waterman. I got a response that the complaint was submitted. Well over the last few weeks, not only have the offending bricks been removed… …but so have all the bricks …

Phoenix Party

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Last Thursday I attended the 30th Anniversary Party for the Providence Phoenix, thanks to Ian for the invite. Sheila over at the ProJo shared her thoughts on writing for the first issue of the New Paper (the predecessor to the Phoenix) and took some photos of the festivities, including this lovely shot of me snarling at her: Photo by Sheila …

Steel Yard Halloween Iron Pour

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The Steel Yard presents it’s 3rd annual HALLOWEEN IRON POUR! Friday, October 31st – 6:00pm 27 Sims Avenue, Providence This Halloween, come down to the Steel Yard for another molten metal spectacular! The gates open at 6:00 on October 31st at the Steel Yard, and admission is $5. Activities from 6pm – 7pm will include a ceramic bowl sale by …

Festival at the Bridge to India Point Park

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The new pedestrian bridge to India Point Park is now open, and to celebrate, there will be a festival tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. There will be bands, sailboat rides courtesy of Community Boating, and many activities for the whole family!

Dunk 2.0

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September 5th, I went to the Press Event for the re-opening of the Dunkin Donuts Center. Today I finally had the opportunity to download my photos:

Testing the QAlert System Part II

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On Monday I posted about the city’s new QAlert system for reporting issues to the city and tested it. I sent in a request to repair a brick crosswalk at the intersection of Benefit and Waterman. I received an automated reply today. Activity was posted on a service request (ID: 1304) that you filed. The service request and activity details …

ProJo asks, ‘Hotel or parking lot?’

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Daniel Barbarisi wrote a story in the Providence Journal last week about what is going on at the Hotel Sierra site on Washington Street. The developer, Joseph DiBattista tells Dan that the hotel is still on track, but construction will start later than expected. OK. Dan interviewed me for his article, here’s my bits: Providence can’t keep allowing developers to …

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 …