Hey, let’s take the train to Woonsocket

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Photo by pdxstreetcar Wha? You may be asking yourself, ‘why would I want to go to Woonsocket?’ Be kind. Or you may be asking yourself, ‘There’s a train to Woonsocket?’ Well there are train tracks, and freight trains go through there, you could jump on a box car on Allens Avenue and hitch a ride to Woonsocket. But as fun …

Yes, you can haz demo permit

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From ProJo 7to7 Daily News Blog Judge says developer can demolish historic food terminal PROVIDENCE – A judge has ruled that Carpionato Properties can knock down the food and produce terminal on Harris Avenue, denying an attempt by state lawyers to stop the demolition. The Johnston developer had obtained a demolition permit last week from the Providence Building Official, allowing …

Warwick lands one of 74 American Smart car dealerships

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PBN reports that one of the 74 Smart Car dealerships slated for the US will be located in Warwick, on Bald Hill Road. The Smart Car is a tiny car popular in Europe and well suited to urban environments. Able to park head first facing the curb in a parallel parking space for example. I test drove one when they …

Sidewalks shoveled? That’s unpossible!

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So I went outside, camera in hand, all prepared to document the continued un-shoveled-ness of Providence. I live on one of the little alleys off Atwells and we’ve had literally at least 6 snow plows go by today. I thought, ‘great, the city finally gets it on plowing, but that doesn’t help my non-car-owning-pedestrian-ass.’ So out I went to take …

Fruit and Produce safety hazard

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Read today’s article from The Providence Journal and prepare for your brain to explode. Some choice nuggets from the article: Carpionato had agreed to buy the warehouse from the state for $4.3 million in 2005, a price $10 million below what the state paid for it only seven years before. State officials and preservation advocates say that Carpionato was allowed …

Building Providence

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Street View is fun, let’s look at some of what Street View caught Providence building: RISD Chace Center View Larger Map Capitol Cove View Larger Map Waterplace View Larger Map Renaissance Providence Hotel | Masonic Temple View Larger Map The Residences at the Westin Providence View Larger Map

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DRC Meeting – January 14, 2008

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Downcity Design Review Committee NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2008, 4:45 PM Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Conference Room 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 AGENDA Call to Order Roll Call Approval of December 10, 2007 Meeting Minutes New Business 1) DRC Application No. 07.11: 87 Weybosset Street – parking lot Conceptual review of the proposal …

We know who Jack is!

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Photo of Jack Templin by bjepson on flickr This month Providence Monthly does their annual 10 people who you don’t know now (but soon will). In addition to the 10, they feature 15 to watch. Among the 15 to watch is friend of Greater City Providence, Jack Templin of Providence Geeks and RI Nexus fame. Of the 15 to watch …

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

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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 …