Two ProJo articles last weekend about Kennedy Plaza:
→ The Providence Journal: A View from Providence: Hangout or hub, Kennedy Plaza certainly is quirky
People get off buses. Others get on. Some stand in line, others stand around. They wear headphones and backpacks, some carry bags.
The plaza draws folks from all walks. Students. Workers. Homeless. Peddlers. Visitors.
→ The Providence Journal: Some argue that good parks and public spaces can revitalize RI economy
In Kennedy Plaza, bus and vehicle traffic compete with people wanting to use the park. There is too much hard surface; too few trees. There’s too much noise; too little to do.
“If you leave public spaces barren you get this blight,” Wood said. “You create a draw for all sorts of undesirable activity.”