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Updated DID Kiosks

Walking back from lunch today I came across some Downtown Improvement District workers updating the Information Kiosk on Weybosset street with a new graphic featuring the smiling image of a Clean & Safe Team member (aka Yellow Jackets). I forced one of the Yellow Jackets to pose for this photo, he was reluctant but smiled anyway.


Park Downtown Providence

Parking Meter

New parking meters on Westminster Street accept coins and credit cards.

Mayor Angel Taveras; Leo Perrotta, City Parking Administrator; Frank LaTorre, DID Director of Public Space; and business owner Lisa Newman Paratore this morning announced a new Downcity parking initiative, Park Downtown Providence.


Park Downtown Providence: a customer oriented initiative to promote convenient and affordable parking.

Park Downtown Providence is a customer-oriented initiative that promotes convenient and affordable parking in the downtown district. To assist drivers with finding parking alternatives, the city has made recent improvements such as the installation of signs directing drivers to parking lots, the replacement of on-street meters, and the identification of additional low-cost on-street parking spaces. For the past few years pre-paid ProvPass cards have been accepted in parking meters in addition to coins. Soon, they will be replaced by new IPS meters that accept credit cards.

Last month, the DID launched a related website,, to help communicate about parking rates and locations. The site has an interactive parking map that allows people to select destinations and find parking nearby, or choose important criteria such as ‘credit cards’ or ‘monthly parking.’ It also highlights parking specials.

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Hanging Gardens

did-hanging-plantersThat photo, that’s all hanging flower baskets. The yellow jackets are out in force today hanging them around Downcity.

Frank LaTorre reported to the Downtown Neighborhood Alliance earlier this month that the DID will have 248 hanging baskets, 60 planters, and 8 planting areas (such as traffic islands). All these numbers are up from last year.