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Westerly to Woonsocket in 10 minutes

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

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

In Parks/Open Space by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

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 …

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2007 Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Pawtucket

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Pawtucket: what’s it like?… find out at the RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in PAWTUCKET on Saturday, April 14. The conference is a great chance to walk and talk Pawtucket all day long. Walking tours will stroll Downtown, the Exchange Street historic district, and Pawtucket hydroelectric facilities past, present, and future. Bus tours will visit Pawtucket industrial sites, 20th-century landmarks, …

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Providence Tomorrow: Washington Park & South Elmwood Neighborhood Charrettes

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The Providence Planning Department has announced the first in a series of neighborhood charrettes that will be taking place around the city as part of the Providence Tomorrow planning process. The charrettes will be taking place at the Washington Park Community Center, 42 Jillson Street on the follow dates and times. March 22 through March 28, 2007 Kickoff/Open House Thursday, …

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Interim Comprehensive Plan Draft Released

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The latest step in the Providence Tomorrow process is the release of the Interim Comprehensive Plan. The plan is online with an interactive system for public comment. Public comment is open until March 30th at which point the planning department will be review the comments and preparing them for presentation to the City Plan Commission. For those without computer access, …

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Greater City Providence featured in Providence Business News

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David Ortiz from Providence Business News attended our last Greater City: Exchange and sat down with Bret and I to talk about Greater City Providence, what we’re about, and what we hope to accomplish. The article [subscription required] appears in this week’s Providence Business News. A new advocacy organization was launched last week that aims to promote cutting-edge urban planning …

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Thanks for joining us at the GC: Exchange Launch!

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Photo by Bret Ancowitz A big thank you to everyone who came to The GCP’s February 27th Launch meeting and helped make it a smashing success. We enjoyed meeting everyone and had a fantastic turnout, packing Jewel’s space. Each person who attended commented afterwards on the energy and enthusiasm they felt in the room as everyone discussed their favorite aspects …

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Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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The next Greater City: Exchange Meeting will be Tuesday, March 13th at Jewel Cafe & Lounge, 15 Elbow Street in the Jewelry District. Last night’s Launch event went great. We would like to thank everyone that came and commend Jewel on doing a fantastic job of making us all feel welcome. There was absolutely no shortage of great conversation and …

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Greater City Exchange Launch – Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Please join Greater City Providence for the Launch of our monthly Greater City: Exchange meetings. The goal of the Greater City Exchange is to gather together people from across the city and around the region to exchange ideas, information, resources, and passion for the city. There are plenty of organizations and plenty of people out there championing the city and …

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A short history of the Grove Street School

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Grove Street School, in the middle of Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood, one of many small neighborhood schools was built at the turn of the Century and was in use until sometime in the late 70s, early 80s. The City, in an effort to divest itself of these small schools (in desperate need of repair after years of deferred maintenance) in …

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Walkable

In Transportation by Jim Rizzo1 Comment

Image Carlos Lorenzo One of the key ingredients of an urban neighborhood is its walkability, the ease of walking from your home to almost everything you could possibly need or want to do outside of it. Walkable Communities, Inc. is an organization that assists towns and cities in creating more walkable and pedestrian friendly communities. They were founded on the …

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Grove Street School partial demolition

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Another week another illegal demolition in Greater Providence… Contractors showed up at the site of the Grove Street School early yesterday morning and began an illegal demolition. Neighbors alerted the authorities and the demolition was halted. Currently a Providence Police detail is guarding the building. More commentary later, but for now here are some photos of the site.

Subterranean Homepage News

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I was happy to finally meet Shelia Lennon of the ProJo Subterranean Homepage News Blog fame at the last Providence Geeks dinner. It was a pleasure finally speaking to her in person after trading messages and blog comments for the last few years. I think we have much in common and I’m look forward to seeing her more in person …

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Dexter Training Ground Park Cleanup – January 7, 2007

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Photo by B. Sachs [box style=”red”]Changed to Rain Date![/alert] Friends of Dexter Training Ground will be taking advantage of the warmer than average weather to have a cleanup of Dexter Park this Sunday @ 9am. Activities include litter pickup, graffiti cleanup, and possibly some painting”¦ Also to make note of anything that needs to be repaired so we can pass …

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Pawtucket train station update

In Buildings, Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

A couple recent newspaper articles about the future of the Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station: Interesting development regarding Amtrak, from The Journal article: The city claimed its position got a boost last week when officials from Amtrak, which runs the railroad lines that pass through the station, wrote Seelbinder to assert what Amtrak says are its rights to review and approve …