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A couple articles from the intertubes

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

The Atlantic: The Next Slum? – The subprime crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Fundamental changes in American life may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements. Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac. Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant. Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading. …

Little green houses, for you and me

In Environment by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

The Mayor’s Office announced today a design competition to design environmentally sensitive affordable housing for Providence. PROVIDENCE – Imagine Providence neighborhoods with houses that are affordable, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. That’s what Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline will ask the community to do when he kicks off the city’s first-ever Sustainable Housing Design Competition on Thursday, March 6 at …

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Greater City Providence Comments on proposed rezoning in the Waterfront District

In Waterfront by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Aerial image from Microsoft Virtual Earth To: Councilman Seth Yurdin Cc: Mayor David Cicilline Cc: Planning Director Thomas Deller Cc: Councilman Cliff Wood I am writing on behalf of Greater City Providence in regards to the petition being heard by the City Council Ordinance Committee on Monday, March 3rd to change the zoning of Lots 344 and 345 on Zoning …

Elmhurst Neighborhood Cleanup

In Events by Matthew Coolidge4 Comments

Friends of Elmhurst, a neighborhood organization, will be discussing a neighborhood cleanup event to be held in March. The group meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm at 700 Capitol Ridge off of Smith Street.

Broadway/Westminster Graffiti Cleanup Saturday, March 15

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UPDATE: Due to snow expected tomorrow morning, the organizers of this event have decided to go with their snow date, 03/15, same time, same location. View Larger Map The WBNA and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation are hosting a graffiti cleanup on Broadway on Saturday, March 1st. Details are: We need your help! Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, …

Google Transit and RIPTA

In Transportation by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Google Transit Seattle I often hear people say they would like to use public transit more often, but understanding all the schedules and routes is cumbersome and time consuming. If you rely on public transit every day, you are obligated to learn the system, but if you are just a casual user and want to include public transit as one …

Elmhurst Charrette

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I received a postcard in the mail last week reminding me that the Providence Tomorrow Neighborhood Charrette for Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant, my neighborhood, was this week. That’s right, February 25-27 at Triggs Memorial Golf Course. If you were wondering, here’s what you missed today: Neighborhood Character 9-11am Commercial Corridors 11:30am-1:30pm Infrastructure 2-4pm Livable Neighborhoods 6-9pm I arrived around 7:30 …

Demolition = Hotel Sierra

In Buildings, Development, Downcity by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Demolition started today at the future site of the Hotel Sierra on Washington Street. Here we go again, more demolition. This building at Washington and Beverly is known (depending on your dining/drinking habits) as the place where Cuban Revolution/Talk of the Town/New Japan used to be. This time though, we’re not terribly upset. If we had our druthers would we …

West Side Overnight On-Street Parking Meeting (02/20)

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From Citizens for Resident Permit Parking IMPORTANT MEETING “FOR RESIDENTS OF WARD 15 Have you wanted to park on the street without fear of a ticket? Do you think there is a parking problem in Providence? Do you love the city and want to help it continue to develop? If you answer YES to any of these questions now is …

Public Works Committee to consider abandonment of part of Orange Street

In Development, Downcity by Aaron Masri1 Comment

Aerial image from LiveLocal There is a petition to abandon a portion of Orange Street in Downtown which is on the agenda for the February 11, 2008 Providence City Council Committee on Public Works meeting. 2. Petition from Aram Garabedian, Manager, One Financial Center Plaza, LLC, 235 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, requesting to abandon a portion of Orange …

UrbanPlanet Holiday Party, Take 2

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Remember that big storm in December, everyone got stuck on Route 10, bread and milk disappeared, it took 47 hours to drive from Luongo Square to LaSalle Square..? Yeah, we were supposed to have a party that night. So now we’re finally getting around to rescheduling that. This is not only a Holiday Gathering for UrbanPlanet, but a going away …

Pawtucket River Bridge Update

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View Larger Map Frymaster over at The Bucket Blog has the scoop about last night’s meeting regarding the Route 95 Pawtucket River Bridge. I meant to post about this meeting, but neglected to get to it, sorry. You may recall, the Pawtucket River Bridge was recently put on a 22-ton weight limit with trucks encourage to detour around via Routes …

You can’t get there from here

In Transportation, Waterfront by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Bad news, RIPTA’s Providence/Newport fast ferry service will end October 16, 2008, for good. RIPTA reports in their January 31st Destinations eNewsletter that the service will end do to the expiration of federal funds. Federal Funding Made Ferry Possible “We’re proud that we were able to secure federal funding for three consecutive three-year grant cycles, $575,000 annually for a total …

aka The Tower of Terror II

In Buildings, Development by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Photo of Newport Collaborative rendering by Jef Nickerson for Last Tuesday the City Council’s Public Works Committee approved a request by Cranston developer Frank Zammiello to receive an underground easement below a portion of Bradford Street in order to build a condo project dubbed, Vista Della Torre. At the same meeting the Public Works Committee was unable to reach …

23rd Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, April 12

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The Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference takes place April 12th on the West Side of Providence: The 23rd Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference Saturday, April 12 on Providence’s West Side Preservation Past, Present, and Future The year 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Act and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. …