Brief solicitation

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My friend Noreen is doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City and is raising pledges. If you’d care to help my friend reach her goal, please visit her Pledge Page.

No more free parking

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

From left, site of proposed but unbuilt Empire at Broadway, OneTen Westminster Street, and Grant’s Block David Segal rumors on Daily Dose that the Hotel Sierra, proposed for Washington Street is dead. David thinks it is time for the perpetual cycle of propose flashy new building for site of current historic or semi-historic building, get variance, get approvals, tear down …

2008 Pawtucket Arts Festival

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The tenth annual Pawtucket Arts Festival starts next month. The mission of the festival is: The mission of the Pawtucket Arts Festival is to present a series of events that are high-quality visual, performance and participatory arts EVENTS every year, by Rhode Island, regional, national and internationally-known artists that take place for the enjoyment of Pawtucket residents and visitors to …

Google Maps Adds Walking Directions!

In Transportation by Matthew Coolidge1 Comment

View Larger Map I spotted this post on Lifehacker this morning and immediately had to give it a shot. Sure enough, Google Maps now lets you find walking directions. I also noticed that when using GMaps to give you directions using public transit, the portion of your journey that may include a walk now has turn-by-turn walking directions instead of …

Greater Kennedy Plaza

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Burnside Park The city has been working in recent month on short term moves, and long term planning to improve what they are calling the Greater Kennedy Plaza area. That work has begun to manifest itself over recent weeks. On Thursday’s in recent weeks, food has been served in Burnside Park. Today, the Thursday event was expanded to become Market …

Here today, gone today

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This morning This afternoon This building at the corner of Atwells and Bond Street appeared to be having work done to it in recent weeks. As with the building next to it, all the windows were removed (in the building next to it, new windows were then installed) and workers have been in and out of the building for months. …

Providence Community Boating Renaissance Regatta

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The Providence Community Boating Center at India Point Park has announced its 2008 Renaissance Regatta Event. It will be held Thursday, July 24, 2008. From the CBC website: Our annual Renaissance Regatta is a perfect opportunity to help a great Ocean State cause. Sponsors provide a team of employee-sailors (or sponsor a proxy team) to sail in a series of …

Sustainable Housing Design Winner; Robert Swinburne

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Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT was the other winner of the city’s Sustainable Housing Design Competition. Robert’s design brief as posted on the city’s planning website: This house is designed to be a “gem” in any neighborhood. It’s small size and beautiful proportions are reminiscient of many older homes but with a modern flexible plan. …

Sustainable Housing Design Winner; Christine Malecki West

In Environment, Housing by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Christine Malecki West of Kite Architects in Providence was on of the winners of the city’s Sustainable Housing Design Competition. The contest looked to design houses that were both environmentally sensitive and affordable. Here is the design brief on Christine’s entry posted on the city’s planning website: This house demonstrates that green design need not be eccentric to make a …

Biking Beyond Recreation

In Environment, Transportation by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Photo credit: Alex Jarrett from the Pedal People website On the heels of the success of Bike To Work Day, the formation of the Providence Bicycle Coalition, and the recent news about Providence’s initiative to add bike lanes and signage to the city, this is a perfect time to dream a little bigger. Last week I went to visit some …

Little green house winners

In Environment, Housing by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Last month the Mayor’s Office announced a design competition for affordable, environmentally friendly home designs. Today the winners were announced and among the winners was friend of Greater City Providence Christine West of Kite Architects in Providence, also winning was Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT. Congratulations to both Christine and Robert. When we learn more about the winning designs we’ll …

Proposed Marriott Residence Inn on Orange Street

In Buildings, Downcity by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge Warwick Mall owner and former Cranston City Council President, Aram G. Garabedian and partners from Massachusetts and New Hampshire have proposed to build a Marriott Residence Inn on Clifford Street across from the Garrahy Courthouse (see above rendering and site plan). Residence Inn is an extended stay brand, more often associated with …

Junkanoo @ RISD

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Bahamian performers Junkanoo visited RISD this weekend performing at the spring block party on Benefit Street today. Above is a short video clip and below are a few photos from today’s festivities. Photos and video by Jef Nickerson for

The Steel Yard Fundraiser

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From the Steel Yard: From May 15-18, 2008 the Steel Yard throws open its gates for “Works in Progress,” their most ambitious fundraiser to date. This year’s adventure will offer an exciting and unusual menu of opportunities with something for all ages, varied interests and any ability to pay. From the no-fee Iron Chef: Junkyard Edition (torch wielding metal workers …

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 …