Clearing snow from sidewalks

In Government, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson15 Comments

As I impatiently wait for the first real snowfall of the season, let’s take a minute to talk about removing snow from sidewalks, my favorite topic here on Greater City: Providence. Back in February, the City Council updated the snow removal regulations, I was somewhat non-plussed by their action. My issues with the update were two; the DPW was given …

Thoughts on the Councilman Hassett hit and run

In Featured, Roads by Jef Nickerson26 Comments

Atwells Avenue. Image from Google StreetView First, this goes without saying, but let’s say it because I’m about to get angry. Our thoughts (and I’m sure for those of us that do so, prayers) are with Councilman Hassett and his family and friends, and we hope for nothing but the speediest and fullest recovery for the Councilman and to see …

City Council Announces “Neighborhoods First” Infrastructure Program

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Providence City Council Press Release: City Council Announces “Neighborhoods First” Infrastructure Program PROVIDENCE – The City Council has secured more than four million dollars ($4 million) to fund neighborhood-based infrastructure projects throughout the city, according to Office of the City Council. The funds will be used for parks, playgrounds, sidewalk and roadway repaving, and other neighborhood improvements. Council Finance Chairman …

Election 2010: Submissions for candidate surveys

In Election 2010 by Greater City Providence6 Comments

Hey whaddaya know, the 2010 campaign season just became even more exciting than we thought it would be. Of course the Governor’s, Providence Mayor’s, and Congressional District 1 seats are all wide open and jockeying to fill those seats will create more openings, likely in the City Council and elsewhere. Greater City Providence does not make endorsements, however we have …

Updated sidewalk snow clearing regulations

In Snow by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

Atwells Avenue over Route 95. Photo by Jef Nickerson ProJo reports that the City Council has made some updates to the sidewalk snow clearing regulations. Changes are: In addition to the Police, Department of Public Works inspectors and supervisors can now issue citations. The time to clear the snow has increased. Previously snow had to be cleared within 4 hours …

City Plan Commission Meeting (12/15)

In Waterfront by Greater City Providence2 Comments

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009 – 4:45 PM Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 Providence Public Safety Complex Dean and Washington Streets, Providence OPENING SESSION Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Meeting Minutes: November 17, 2009 Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the …

Sidewalk rant: Reader results

In Snow by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Greater City Providence reader Meg contacted Councilman Hassett about unshoveled sidewalks in Ward 12. Meg told Councilman Hassett about her concerns about unremoved snow and icy sidewalks along Douglas Avenue, and asked why no one has been fined for not removing the snow and ice. Councilman Hassett responds: A recent review of this Ordinance [Article 1 Section 23-13 through 23-16] …

No more free parking

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

From left, site of proposed but unbuilt Empire at Broadway, OneTen Westminster Street, and Grant’s Block David Segal rumors on Daily Dose that the Hotel Sierra, proposed for Washington Street is dead. David thinks it is time for the perpetual cycle of propose flashy new building for site of current historic or semi-historic building, get variance, get approvals, tear down …

Proposed Marriott Residence Inn on Orange Street

In Buildings, Downcity by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge Warwick Mall owner and former Cranston City Council President, Aram G. Garabedian and partners from Massachusetts and New Hampshire have proposed to build a Marriott Residence Inn on Clifford Street across from the Garrahy Courthouse (see above rendering and site plan). Residence Inn is an extended stay brand, more often associated with …

Why is no one dining outside?

In Retail by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

Why is no one eating at sidewalk tables on this beautiful spring afternoon (well aside from the fact that Broadway Bistro isn’t open for lunch, I didn’t feel like walking further down the block to illustrate the point fully)? Seems that due to complaints, the city has been cracking down on permits for outdoor dining in the Broadway area. From …

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Greater City Providence Comments on proposed rezoning in the Waterfront District

In Waterfront by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Aerial image from Microsoft Virtual Earth To: Councilman Seth Yurdin Cc: Mayor David Cicilline Cc: Planning Director Thomas Deller Cc: Councilman Cliff Wood I am writing on behalf of Greater City Providence in regards to the petition being heard by the City Council Ordinance Committee on Monday, March 3rd to change the zoning of Lots 344 and 345 on Zoning …