Bright Night ’08

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Visit Bright Night’s website for information on Providence’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Also check out the BrightNightBlog for timely updates on what’s happening New Year’s Eve. And of course, Providence Daily Dose will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in the City-State this weekend. PBN talks about the economic impact of Bright Night.

Google Street View documents the Parking-lot-ification of Providence

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Daily Dose showed off the Big Blue Bug in Google Street View on their site. It never even occurred to me that one could embed a Street View image. So, please to enjoy, the Parking-lot-ification of Providence: Old Public Safety Complex Memorial Parking Lot™ | View Larger Map Grove Street School | View Larger Map Weybosset/Westminster Streets, Grants Lot Block …

This is how people get killed by snowplows

In Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Atwells Avenue, December 20, 2007. This is my walk to work. The City came out yesterday and moved the snow/ice from the parking lane and piled it up on the sidewalk (a city owned sidewalk). So a week after the Storm of the Centurytm, I’m still walking in the street. Happily, I have not been run over by a snowplow… …

OK, let’s talk about the snow

In Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Atwells Avenue at the Service Road, Friday morning December 14th. In case you weren’t aware of it, it snowed last Thursday. Depending on who’s counting we got between 7 inches and a foot in Providence, substantial, but this it New England right? Maybe not. Traffic was gridlocked Thursday afternoon and into the night. Kids were trapped on buses, cars were …

UrbanPlanet Party Postponed

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Blizzard of ’78 file photo from Providence Journal Do to the impending Storm of the Century!, the UrbanPlanet Holiday Gathering scheduled for tonight has been postponed. We will be making plans to reschedule the party for sometime in January and will let everyone know when we have a date time and location. Stock up on bread and milk and stay …

UrbanPlanet|Providence 2nd Annual Holiday Gathering (Dec. 13th)

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One of my other hats is being the Moderator at the UrbanPlanet Rhode Island forums. Last year we had a great Holiday Gathering at the Red Fez, this year we’re moving it to the West Side and meeting up at MoJoe’s. One need not be a member of UrbanPlanet to attend, we have many different people drop in. We’ll be …

TONIGHT: Waterfront Symposium at Save The Bay HQ

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Providence River from New Providence River Bridge. Tonight at Save The Bay’s headquarters a group of RISD students will present their findings on recent research of waterfront cities. From The Providence Journal: A group of students from the Rhode Island School of Design have spent the past few months examining waterfronts around the world – from cities as varied as …

Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area

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Jewelry District and Providence skyline from new Providence River Bridge. From the Downtown Providence website: The Jewelry District Association and The Providence Foundation invite you to an “Open House” to Discuss Your Ideas for the Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area. DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 TIME: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM PLACE: The Providence …

Providence Wintertime Farmers’ Market starts this Saturday!

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AS220 will be hosting a Farmers’ Market this winter in their space on Empire Street. The Providence Wintertime Farmers’ Market will take place inside AS220 at 115 Empire Street Saturday’s from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm, December 1 to May 31, 2008. From the Farm Fresh RI website: Local food all winter long. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad …

Spring tree planting application deadline, December 1st

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Information from the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program: For Providence residence who wish to have street trees-the deadline for spring planting applications is December 1, 2007. Applications must be postmarked by this date. You can download an application here! All the information you could possibly need is on the website but the short version is as follows: Send in the exact …

City Survey about the City

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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 ten minutes to complete: Providence …

Pratt Street Overnight On-Street Parking Forum

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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 at the annual Fall open …

Craftland!

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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 blog for details about upcoming …

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Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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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 issue of the lack of …

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Paved paradise…

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

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 location (dubbed the Empire at …

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Comment on the Old Public Safety Complex

In Buildings, Downcity by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

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 conflicting reports of how damaged …

East Side graffiti clean-up results

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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 Graffiti Task Force van power …

I play a Geek in The Phoenix

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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 the photo taken last week …