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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 …

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Demolition of the Pawtucket train station started today!

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[box style=”red”]UPDATE: The Pawtucket Foundation has posted some updated information on their website.[/alert] PADS has the full story. Earlier today Bilray Demolition Co. started demolishing a portion of the Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station after obtaining a permit from the city of Central Falls. This a day after an engineering firm hired by the City of Pawtucket determined that the depot …

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Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station threatened

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The future of Pawtucket-Central Falls train station has been the subject of much debate over the last several years. Currently the owner, Oscar “Ike” Seelbinder, has plans to demolish a large portion of the historic structure to build a CVS pharmacy. On Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00pm local residents can express their dismay about this plan by attending the City …

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Greater City Providence agrees with DRC decision to postpone approval of demolition

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Last night the Downcity District Design Review Committee met to review applications by The Procaccianti Group of Cranston to demolish two Downcity buildings. The buildings in question being 111 Fountain Street (the Fogarty Building) and 197 Fountain Street (the Old Public Safety Building). The committee postponed ruling on the demolitions until the designs for new buildings at these locations are …

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Providence Needs Straphangers…

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

One thing that was obvious to almost everyone at the Providence Tomorrow charrettes was that few of the participants there for the transit forum were familiar with Providence’s (and RI’s) RIPTA public bus system, and that was a shame considering there were an estimated 72,000 bus rides per day on RIPTA in 2005 (an increase of 25% over the year …

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HOPE!

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As one Greater City Providence member pointed out to me, my initial posts about Providence Tomorrow had something of a negative tone, and he wished to reassure me that things are actually looking quite hopeful. And you know what? He’s right! My skepticism is almost exclusively directed at some of the the anti-growth, anti-development, and anti-people (yes, anti-people, more on …