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PopUp Providence accepting applications for Year 2 projects

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‘Before I Die’ wall in Kennedy Plaza. Image from Before I die…

The 1st year of PopUp Providence is underway, and we are now accepting applications for year 2!!

In 2013, the Providence Redevelopment Agency dedicated $150,000 for the City’s first tactical urbanism program, PopUp Providence, to be allocated in $50,000 increments over a period of three years. For its inaugural year, the PRA coordinated with the City’s Planning Department and several community organizations to implement a variety of “demonstration” projects.

Visit the Planning Department’s website for more information.

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News & Notes


The Atlantic Cities: The Great Senior Sell-Off Could Cause the Next Housing Crisis

In the 20 years between 1990 and 2010, these consumers [baby boomers] were at their peak family size and peak income. And suddenly, there was massive demand in America from the same kinds of people for the same kinds of housing: big, large-lot single-family homes (often in suburbia). In those two decades, calculates researcher Arthur C. Nelson, 77 percent of demand for new housing construction in America was driven by this trend.

“Ok, if there’s 1.5 to 2 million homes coming on the market every year at the end of this decade from senior households selling off,” Nelson asks, “who’s behind them to buy? My guess is not enough.”


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A Better World by Design Conference, September 28-30, 2012

A Better World By DesignEach year, A Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Internationally acclaimed and led completely by students, ABWxD creates a multidisciplinary community; engineers, architects, industrial designers, graphic designers, educators, and many others come together to discuss their work and share their ideas.

This year’s conference, the fifth annual A Better World by Design conference, will be held September 28-30 in Providence, RI! For three days, speakers will share engaging stories, workshops will teach creative skills, and discussions will re-frame perspectives around sustainable and socially responsible design. In celebration of the fifth anniversary, there will be many exciting new forms of creative content as well as extraordinary opportunities to mingle with fellow conference-goers.

Join the Better World community for three days of collaboration and inspiration! Learn more by visiting the ABWxD website and registering today.

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Summer Solstice Celebration at Burnside Park, June 23

Summer SolsticeIt’s nearly time for the return of Burnside Park beer gardens, outdoor evening concerts and storytime mornings—along with a host of new programs starting this summer!

On June 23rd, 2012 Greater Kennedy Plaza and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism are kicking off the summer season with the 1st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration On the Plaza! A FREE, all-day celebration including live art-making, family activities and performances, food trucks, the return of the Burnside Park Beer Garden and an evening of fun music! Details below!

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News & Notes

The Hill: Obama urges House GOP to ‘follow the Senate’s lead’ on $109B highway bill

The White House on Monday continued to pressure the House to accept the $109 billion transportation bill that was passed last week by the Senate, saying that President Obama was ready to sign the measure into law.

The administration has long signaled it supported the Senate’s version of the federal highway bill over the five-year, $260 billion that had been under consideration in the House. The pressure has been amplified since the Senate approved its version of the measure with 74 votes.


Next American City: Can the Arts Save Struggling Cities?

Advocates of creative placemaking are careful not to present their work as a panacea. But they firmly believe that art has a central role in reviving urban economies and communities. As examples, Coletta offers the Design District in Miami; the ArtPrize festival in Grand Rapids, Mich.; WaterFire, which lights up the rivers in downtown Providence, R.I., with dozens of bonfires; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, which is credited with helping to fuel the resurgence there.


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Providence Art Festival, June 4

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Providence Art Festival
Saturday, June 4th • 10am to 6pm
Westminster Street between Dorrance and Mathewson Streets, Downcity

At the Providence Art Festival, you will find everything from handmade jewelery to street performers; baby clothes to photography; from kids activities to delicious local food vendors to live music. Spend the entire day exploring over 100 vendors. You’re sure to take home some amazing goodies.

With over 100 local artists musicians, food vendors, and activities for all ages; Providence Art Festival is becoming a New England favorite in its third year.

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My Providence Video Contest


In conjunction with the Providence 375 celebrations, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism is having a video contest.

Think you know Providence…show us. Make a short film that shows what there is to see, do, eat, drink, buy and experience. Amateur and professional videographers of all ages (2 categories: 17 & under, 18+) are invited to submit entries.

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Reader: Silverman found! Plus picnic tables

Remember Silverman, or tin man, or whatever he was called. He had been floating around in the river for a few years now, but has been missing for a while. A reader contacted us and has solved the mystery of what happened to him:

For about a month or so, the tin foil man floating in the Providence River has been missing. Run over by a boat? Stolen? Sunk? Headed south to join tax-haven loving Rhode Islanders in Florida?

No one seemed to know. This afternoon he was found, beached… or more accurately, wood piled.

In the corner of the fence guarding the Water Fire wood supply. In for repairs? Run over once too many times by WaterFire craft?

Plus, there are now picnic tables down under the highway down by the river:

Also of note today:

Picnic tables (two) have been placed at water’s edge on the Ship Street extension alongside the Narragansett Bay Commission’s storm water (my euphemism) overflow outlet. Some tree trimming and tidying have gone on, just in time for the fall and winter picnicking season.

But, hey, why criticize; with luck we’ll have some warm days in October… and the tables should still be there come spring.

Prime viewing spot for the big Iway deconstruction project.

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The Rhode Island Nosedive

Submitted by a reader:

The classic move performed by many residents of the small state. Its a small state with a lot of ocean, but there is plenty of room for reckless merging.

Videos by Jon Clark & Christina Mealy.

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GC: Photos

More photos submitted to our Flickr Group by our readers.

Hot Dog Heaven
Photo © BlueisCoool

Brown University boat house
Photo (cc) provbenson2009

Providence sunset
Photo (cc) provbenson2009

Shepard Fairey Mural
Photo © BlueisCoool

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