Bradford Street safe, for now.

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Image from Google Maps Tonight the Providence City Council did the right thing and voted to send the resolution to abandon a portion of Bradford Street back to committee, meaning it will return to the Planning Department and City Plan Commission for review, as it should have all along. Earlier in the evening, the Public Works Committee of the City …

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Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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Yes, next week. We’ve been a bit distracted with all this business about Bradford Street, but Bret was able to arrange for a location while he is on vacation out west. The meeting will be at Spats Restaurant & Bar at 182 Angell Street on the East Side. We will be discussing upcoming renovation plans for the Brown Bookstore. Our …

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In the News: Bradford Street

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Providence Business News: Luxury condo tower plans draw ire The Providence City Council is scheduled to vote July 5 on a street abandonment that would make way for a luxury, high-security condominium tower rising above Interstate 95 at the entrance to Federal Hill. Vista Della Torre is an $80 million, 33-story project at the intersection of Bradford and Federal streets …

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Don’t abandon Bradford Street

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Last October, hundreds of Providence residents, as well as city employees and elected officials, participated in the week-long kickoff of Providence Tomorrow, a neighborhood planning and growth process that showed that regardless of neighborhood, income or race, Providence residents support the move into the 21st century by making Providence a more urban, more walkable, transit-oriented city, while upgrading the quality …

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Next GC:Exchange – Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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Our next Greater City: Exchange meeting is next Tuesday, June 12th. 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 guests will be Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services. Discussion topics will include: What role do the neighborhoods play in urban revitalization? How can we ensure equitable investment …

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Public meetings on Waterfront Park winning design

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Executive Office, City of Providence, Rhode Island DAVID N. CICILLINE, MAYOR Date: May 22nd, 2007 For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Southern, Press Secretary (401) 421-2489 x 752 ksouthern@providenceri.com PRESS RELEASE WINNING DESIGN FOR PROVIDENCE’S NEW WATERFRONT PARKS THE FOCUS OF TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS Mayor Cicilline invites the public to provide additional feedback as winning design moves closer to implementation PROVIDENCE …

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Street tree grant deadline

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The deadline for the next round of Providence Neighborhood Planting Program street tree grants is rapidly approaching. Applications must be postmarked or received by June 2, 2007 to be considered for a neighborhood planting for Fall 2007. Over 6000 Providence residents have taken advantage of the Neighborhood Planting Program, a private organization which award groups of Providence residents with 5-20 …

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GC: Exchange – Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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Quick reminder, the Greater City: Exchange is Tuesday, May 8th starting at 5:30pm at Jewel Cafe & Lounge 15 Elbow Street in the Jewelry District. At the GC: Exchange we will be viewing a presentation and having a discussion on the Transit 2020 Report. We’ll also be enjoying drinks, eats, and will have plenty of time to meet and speak …

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Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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The next Greater City: Exchange will be Tuesday, May 8th starting at 5:30pm at Jewel Cafe & Lounge, 15 Elbow Street in the Jewelry District. Please join us for open discussion about the city. Hors d’Å“uvres will be provided by Jewel. Our special guest will be Garry Bliss, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the City of Providence. Garry …

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Enjoy the sun, plant trees!

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Image by Gabriel Kim from stock.xchng. Enjoy the sun, meet your neighbors, save the Earth! The Providence Neighborhood Planting Program will be out again this weekend planting trees Saturday. After the gloom and deluges we’ve endured lately this is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy what promises to be a beautiful weekend. Times and locations: TIME: 8:30am LOCATION: …

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Bret discusses Transit 2020 on “The City”

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This month Greater City Providence’s Vice President, Bret Ancowitz appears on The City, Mayor Cicilline’s cable access television show. Also appearing are Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart RI and Garry Bliss, Director of Policy, City of Providence. The topic of conversation was the recently released Transit 2020 Report. We look forward to having Garry at our next GC: Exchange …

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Another successful GC: Exchange

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Tuesday night we held our third GC: Exchange meeting at MoJoe’s Bar & Grill on Broadway. The evening was very informative and (I hope) a lot of fun for everyone there. I’d like to thank our special guests for attending and sharing their work with us. First up were Baruch Sachs and Cynthia Langlykke from the West Broadway Neighborhood Association. …

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Westerly to Woonsocket in 10 minutes

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Rhode Island needs one of these: This video is from France2 Television [Story in French] and shows the TGV train reaching a new world speed record of 574.8 km/h (fast enough to connect any two points in Rhode Island in under the all important 15 minute threshold).

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Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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The next Greater City: Exchange will be Tuesday, April 10th starting at 5:30pm at MoJoe’s Bar & Grill, 166 Broadway at Dean Street on Federal Hill. Please join us for open discussion about the city. Our special guests will be members of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association speaking about their group, the work they do, and the challenges they face. …

Tree planting season is here

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Photo by Kathryn Laferte for the Providence Neighborhood Tree Planting Program The Providence Neighborhood Tree Planting Program has upcoming tree planting events on April 14th and 21st: SATURDAY April 14th 8:15am: Transit/Hope/George Power & Hope Williams/Governor 12:15pm: Brook Street 1:00pm: Pitman/Waterman Salvation Army 70 Trees SATURDAY April 21st 8:30am: 50 Pembroke Street 10:30am: Corner of Tell and Knight Streets 10:30am: …

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Graffiti Taskforce

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Under the Exchange Street Bridge in Waterplace Park; Tuesday, March 27th, 2007. It’s that time of year again, it seems like every year around this time, Waterplace becomes covered in graffiti (as does much of the rest of the city). Last year at this time I contacted the Downtown Improvement District (DID) to see what their jurisdiction was over Waterplace. …

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Cruising for parking

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From The New York Times comes an absolutely essential opinion piece that beautifully describes the link between downtown traffic and parking, arguing that, essentially, our curbside parking is too inexpensive. Here is one of many memorable quotes: “Underpriced curb spaces are like rent-controlled apartments: hard to find and, once you do, crazy to give up. This increases the time costs …