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 gcpvd.org

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 …

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 …