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In Transportationby 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 Buildingsby 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

In Mediaby Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

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

In Events, Parks/Open Spaceby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

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, Transportationby 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!

In Pawtucket, Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportationby Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

[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

In Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportationby Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

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

In Buildingsby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

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 Transportationby 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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In Governmentby Bret AncowitzLeave a Comment

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 …

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Long week, interesting week, informative week, fun week

In Uncategorizedby Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

The main sessions of the Providence Tomorrow charrettes are over. There’s a work session for Planning staff and the charrette facilitators Friday at 400 Westminster. The public is welcome to drop in, add more photos to the collection, and talk to the staff about the week. On Saturday there will be a wrap up session and final presentation. The process …

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First impressions; ‘Providence Tomorrow’ Tuesday sessions

In Governmentby Bret AncowitzLeave a Comment

Wow. Huh. Hum… Those are the first words that pop into my head after participating in the first day of Providence Tomorrow planning charrettes. Not since medical school have I ever participated in an activity that left me so exhilarated, angry, hopeful, and depressed, all in one sitting. I’ll start “Part I” by reviewing my general impressions of the process. …

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Providence Tomorrow

In Governmentby Jef Nickerson2 Comments

The City of Providence has begun the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The city has invited the public to be part of the process of re-evaluating the Comprehensive Plan, and started that public involvement on Wednesday, July 26th with a workshop and ice cream social at Roger Williams Park Casino. The project called Providence Tomorrow, continues …