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Providence PARK(ing) DAY – September 19, 2014

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Union Studio‘s parklet last year. Photo by Rachel Playe

From Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects:


September 19, 2014 8:00am – 4:00pm

Come out and join us for the second annual PARK(ing) Day Providence!

This year, PARK(ing) Day Providence will have 32 parklets in Downtown, the West Side, and the East Side and a protected bike lane on Broadway. We can’t express our thanks enough to the Downtown Improvement District, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, the Department of Public Works, the City of Providence, and all of our amazing sponsors.

Check out the maps to plan your tour of the parklets on the 19th!

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Rescheduled Broadway Cyclovía – August 17, 2014

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The Broadway Cyclovia which was scheduled for July 27th was postponed due to weather concerns. It has been rescheduled to August 17, 2014 • noon-4pm.
Broadway Cyclovía
Broadway from Dean St. to Courtland St.
Sunday, August 17, 2014 • 12noon – 4pm

Join Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence on Sunday, August 17 for a car-free event that will open up Broadway for walking, skating, running, cycling and exercise. Free and open to the public! Featuring Zumba, bike activities, street vendors and more!

The event will take place on Broadway from Dean St. to Courtland St.

Local partners include the City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office and Office of Sustainability, Walgreens, Zipcar, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

For more information visit ProvidenceRI.com.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.
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2014 Providence Cyclovía series starts this weekend on Broad Street

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Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook page

Providence will have 3 cyclovía events this year, the first takes place this Sunday on Broad Street in South Providence. Details from the City:


Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise, and socialize. The event is sponsored by Mayor Taveras in collaboration with the City’s Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

“Cyclovía provides Providence residents with a safe and fun environment that promotes cycling, walking and community interaction – all elements of a healthy, balanced lifestyle,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Residents from across the city will have the opportunity to enjoy their neighborhoods and to experience the great things that Providence has to offer.”

Providence held its first-ever Cyclovía in September 2012 on Broad Street. In 2013, the City of Providence expanded Cyclovías to Valley Street in Olneyville and Hope Street on the East Side.

2014 Cyclovía Providence Series

  • Sunday, June 29 • 12-4pm
    Elmwood: Broad Street (Thurbers Ave. – Prairie Ave.)
  • Sunday, July 27 • 12-4pm
    Federal Hill: Broadway (Dean St. – Courtland St.)
  • Sunday, September 7 • 12-4pm
    East Side: Hope Street (Lippitt Park/9th Ave – Rochambeau Ave.)
Full disclosure: I am a member of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.
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PBN: Regency Plaza owners plan new addition to apartment complex

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Image from Bing Maps

Richard Lappin, co-owner of Regency Plaza LLC and president of Lisco Development, said the new building would be either five or six stories, but declined to go into more detail because of the early stage of the project.

The owners are asking the City Plan Commission, at their meeting this evening, to abandon part of the width of Broadway (as well as the right turn lane from the Service Road) to make way for the project.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission meeting – June 18, 2014

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
June 18, 2014, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  1. Roadwork Report, Nate Urso, Providence DPW
  2. Providence Cylocross Festival, Richard Fries
  3. Motion: Bike Lane request for Pitman Street
  4. Discussion/Motion: request ordinance requiring sidewalk accommodation during construction projects
  5. Broadway Update
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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City Plan Commission Meeting – June 17, 2014

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from May 20th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral No. 3377 – Petition to abandon a portion of Broadway The petitioner is requesting to abandon a portion of the width of Broadway between Dave Gavitt Way and Greene Street adjacent to Plat 75 Lot 460 – for action

Institutional Master Plan

2. Amendment of Brown University’s Institutional Master Plan The applicant is seeking to amend the IMP to reflect the School of Engineering’s expansion, property acquisitions, rehabilitation of the South Street Power Station, changes to parking and improvements to Thayer Street – for action

Public Hearing

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW – The Comprehensive Plan 3. Referral No. 3377 – Changes to the Comprehensive Plan Changes proposed include technical changes based on comments received from statewide planning and changes to the future land use map. Public comment will be taken – for action

Re:Zoning Providence

4. Update on Re: Zoning Providence A review of the organization and content of the draft zoning ordinance – for discussion

Adjournment


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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission meeting – May 21, 2014

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
May 21, 2014, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  1. James Daley, Director of Training, RIPTA: Bus Operator Training and pedestrian/cyclist safety
  2. Pedestrian Safety project (Safe States)
  3. Broadway Bike Lane – recommendation of extension to frontage road
  4. Discussion: BPAC’s role, goals, priorities, accomplishments

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Reader Photo: Sweeping the sidewalks

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A reader sent in this photo of crews this morning sweeping the sand and salt (and glass and poop and puke…) from the sidewalk on the Broadway Bridge over Route 95. A sure sign of spring and Yay! pedestrian infrastructure getting attention!

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What Cheer / What Jeer 2013

We’re running a little late this year but we’re finally ready to run down the What Cheers and What Jeers of 2013.

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WHAT CHEER: South Street Power Station (Maybe)

In 2013 we got another plan to redevelop the moribund South Street Power Station. While numerous plans for the building, which at one point was known as the Dynamo House, have come and gone, this latest plan engenders optimism as Brown University is involved now.

In January the New York Times and then The Brown Daily Herald reported on rumors of the university becoming involved in the project. Then in June Brown announced it’s plans for the building in a letter to the campus community.

Those plans include a home for the long talked about URI/RIC Nursing School, office space for Brown, and some sort of retail component in the former power station building. Brown also has a developer engaged in building a student apartment building in the neighboring parking lot along Point Street and the City is involved in plans for a parking structure across Point Street from that.

The latest news on the project comes from the ProJo just before Christmas with reports that the PRA is considering condemning the building so the project can move forward.

While this could all be looked at as another in a long line of proposals for the building, Brown’s involvement makes this proposal seem more promising. 2014 will show us if this project actually moves forward.

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Where Would Jesus Park?

WPRI: Store’s opening squashed by judge

Federal Hill and West Side friends and neighbors rallied on Sunday morning in support of Cluck!, an urban farm supply store that is trying to open at the site of a former gas station on Broadway.

The business was approved by Zoning to open but was challenged in court on a technicality and lost, forcing owner Drake Patten to begin the Zoning process from scratch. Read Drake’s commentary on what has happened.

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Cluck and 257 Thayer Street among items on Feb. 6, 2013 Zoning agenda

The Zoning Board of Review will meet on Wednesday February 6th and there are two items of interest on the agenda.

First is the zoning review for Cluck, an urban farming supply store proposed on Broadway.

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Rendering of Cluck, from their Facebook page.

ELIAS AYOUB, OWNER AND DRAKE PATTEN, APPLICANT: 399 Broadway (corner Courtland St.), Lot 11 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 33, located in an R-P Residential Professional Zone and within the Broadway Historic Overlay District; the applicant seeks a use variance for relief from Section 303-Use Code 55 – Retail Trade – Building and Related Material, more than 2,500 square feet of gross floor area (hardware-retail; nursery and garden supplies-retail including greenhouses; paint, glass, and wallpaper-retail; yard equipment and supplies) pursuant to Section 200, to operate an urban farm supply business including the sale of chicken hens (no roosters), using the existing gasoline station building, installing a modular shed/plant house and decorative fencing, and replacing a portion of the existing pavement with gardens. The lot in question contains approximately 10,850 square feet of land area.

Cluck is the last item on the agenda for the 5:30pm portion of the meeting.

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Snowblogging – Last Night

I went out for a walk last night during the storm. Here are some of the photos I took.

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Second Night added to Columbus Theatre re-opening celebration, November 18, 2012

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The Columbus Threatre is re-opening on November 17th with an event called Revival! That event proved so popular, they’ve added a second night, Revival Too!

Revival Too!

The Columbus Cooperative is excited to announce Revival Too!, a second night of celebration for the reopening of the Columbus Theatre, headlined by the Low Anthem.

Due to the overwhelming response to Revival!, which sold out more than two weeks in advance, this intimate evening of music at the Columbus Upstairs has been scheduled for Sunday, November 18th. Half of profits from the evening will once again benefit ATRAVES, a Providence-based nonprofit working for education, health, and development in Nicaragua.

Doors open at 6PM and music will begin at 7PM. The night will feature:

  • The Low Anthem
  • Last Good Tooth
  • The Silks
  • Rachel Jorgensen
  • Sean Kennedy

With food by Julians and drink by Revival Brewing Company, the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, and Elevated Spirits.

Revival Too! is generously sponsored by Julians; Revival Brewing Company, the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, and Elevated Spirits; Supply & Demand Music; Mirror Image; Armory Revival Company and Rising Sun Mills; and the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

Seating is general admission and EXTREMELY LIMITED.

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Columbus Theatre re-opening November 17th

From their website:

columbusRevival!
Saturday, November 17
Doors at 6:00PM. Music begins at 7:00PM.
Tickets available here.

Columbus Main Stage lineup: The Low Anthem, Brown Bird

Columbus Upstairs lineup: Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes, Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores, Sugar Honey Iced Tea, Keith McCurdy

Food trucks by Julians and Nice Slice will be parked outside the Theatre entrance on 270 Broadway throughout the evening.

The Columbus Cooperative, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to working in tandem with the Theatre’s owner, Jon Berberian, to produce and present high-quality programming and restore the Theatre to cultural prominence in the community, is pleased to present Revival!, an all-ages celebration of the reopening of Providence’s historic Columbus Theatre.

Fifty percent of profits from Revival! will be donated to ATRAVES (pronounced “ah-trah-VASE”), an organization dedicated improving quality of life in Barrio Camilo Ortega, an impoverished neighborhood in Managua, Nicaragua. Proceeds from the event will support an elementary school that serves 250 children who have no other access to education, as well as health and development programs. ATRAVES organizes volunteer trips for youth, students, and professionals from Rhode Island and nationally, and welcomes inquiries from individuals and groups.

Revival! marks the first evening of programming by the Columbus Cooperative, who will work in the coming months to build an in-house programming presence at the Theatre. Beginning in 2013, the Columbus Theatre will also be available for rental by community groups and for private functions. For more information on rental and booking, interested parties may email.


Related: Columbus Theater, Opening Soon?

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