What taxpayers?

In Government by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

So looking at the ProJo this morning, this is what the homepage shows: There are SOOOOO many things I could say about these two headlines, but I’ll just say this: With unemployment at 10%, which taxpayers exactly will be bailing out Twin River? What happens when we run out of taxpayers? OK, I’m gonna say one more thing: PROVIDENCE - …

Detroit (Bob Lutz, at Least) Hints at Need for Gas Tax

In Economy, Government, Uncategorized by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

The blunt and effective Robert Lutz of General Motors, an executive who inspires both love (he’s a product genius and calls things as he sees them) and hate (he bluntly calls things as he sees them, even when unpopular, as when he ridiculed the idea of global warming), again seems to be suggesting what many analysts have been recommending for …

Rumormill: J&W to ProJo?

In Rumor by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Ian Donnis on his Not For Nothing blog drops a little rumor in his first of a series of posts on the News Apocalypse. Btw, a ProJo source called me yesterday, confident in the belief that J+W had bought the Journal Building and its related properties. Lisa Pelosi, speaking for J+W, says it ain’t so. If I were a betting …

ProJo property tour

In Buildings, Downcity, Parking by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

Providence Business News reports on the properties that ProJo parent Belo is selling in the capital city. Through the magic of Google Street View, let’s take a little tour of the properties up for sale. View Larger Map First up is the ProJo headquarters building on Fountain Street, built in 1934. The PBN story says that the Fountain Street building …

Blueprint America

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Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy In the above video Rachel Maddow speaks with PBS’ David Brancaccio about Thirteen/WNET’s new project Blueprint America. Blueprint America is a precedent-setting multi-platform initiative - developed and produced by Thirteen/WNET, and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation – that will harness the power of public broadcasting’s most prestigious programs, …

REBOOT: East Side Rail Tunnel (Part I)

In Reboot, Transportation by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

Click image to enlarge REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on Greater City Providence where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them. Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either way, we hope …

Where’s the strategic investment?

In Government, Transportation by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

In President-elect Obama’s weekly address he discusses American Recovery and Reinvestment. In the video above (transcript here) Obama says: That’s why we need an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that not only creates jobs in the short-term but spurs economic growth and competitiveness in the long-term. And this plan must be designed in a new way – can’t just fall …

Rachel Maddow, Paul Krugman, and Infrastructure

In Economy by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Also, Bloomberg.com reports that road projects seem to be stepping to the front of the line for stimulus funding. Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) — Missouri’s plan to spend $750 million in federal money on highways and nothing on mass transit in St. Louis doesn’t square with President-elect Barack Obama’s …

Branding New England

In Government by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Scott Kirsner at his Innovation Economy blog asks us to do a test. Here’s a quick city-association game for you. When I say Hollywood, what industry comes to mind? If I say Silicon Valley, could you name a couple companies based there? Nashville conjures up country music chords, and Seattle connotes e-commerce, coffee roasting, and monopolistic makers of operating systems. …

Rachel Maddow thinks Infrastructure is sexy…

In Government by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

…and so do I. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Update 12/29/2008: More infrastructure problems? Video from WTOC-TV Savannah. Georgia Power still has not determined the cause of this explosion, but there was a similar manhole explosion in downtown Savannah back in August.

No American Streetcars!?!?

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz9 Comments

I got to thinking about streetcars and who builds them during a recent North Main Street meeting held by the Summit Neighborhood Association. Fellow gcpvd’er David Rocha mentioned that perhaps our struggling U.S. automakers could be deployed in building something other than cars, like streetcar systems and light rail. This idea is especially attractive (and ironic) since GM was once …

ProJo parent to liquidate real estate holdings

In Buildings, Downcity by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Ian reports that the Providence Journal’s parent company, A.H. Belo Corporation of Dallas is accepting proposals to buy the newspapers real estate assets, including the Fountain Street headquarters. The four properties up for sale may have a combined assessed value up to $33.2 million. While this further sign of the struggles within the mainstream media industry (ProJo will continue to …

Mr. Cicilline Goes to Washington

In Government by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

The ProJo reports that Mayor Cicilline in his capacity within the U.S. Conference of Mayors headed down to D.C. yesterday to meet with a bunch of big wigs. Cicilline and mayors from Stamford, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas met with President-Elect Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and others to discuss direct economic stimulus …

Oldest indoor shopping mall in America, closed

In Buildings, Downcity by Jef Nickerson15 Comments

ProJo: The Arcade, the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall, closed to the public this morning as its owners are preparing to transition the downtown landmark, which in recent years had been home to a handful of small, independent businesses and eateries, into a space for a single company or retailer. Good luck with that. “It’s gotten a lot scarier out …

Providence vs. The Economic Crisis

In by David RochaLeave a Comment

For groups such as our own, the usual desire is to focus on a specific set of topics, in a specific area, so as to achieve a specific goal. We aim to be optimistic with our expectations, positive with our critiques, and to avoid sounding overly negative about anything, so as to keep dialogue as open as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes …