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NEXT STOP: Making Transit Work for Rhode Island – December 1, 2015


Coalition for Transportation Choices to host forum on making transit work for more Rhode Islanders.

From Grow Smart RI:

Transit forum will examine lessons learned in Denver, Minneapolis and Hartford as local officials explore how to make transit work for more Rhode Islanders

Nearly 80% of Rhode Island’s population lives within a 10-minute walk of a transit stop. Still, only about 2.7% of the state’s population uses transit regularly. It’s something of a “chicken or egg” conundrum since service must first be robust, convenient and frequent enough to attract would-be riders.

In collaboration with the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC), Grow Smart RI is helping to present NEXT STOP: Making Transit Work for Rhode Island, a forum for business, civic and political leaders – together with transit riders – on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Featured speakers will include those involved in advancing popular transit services in Minneapolis, Denver and Hartford. A local leaders panel will then examine the challenges and opportunities for making transit work for more Rhode Islanders, saving time and money for commuters, while contributing to the revitalization of urban and town centers and reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Concepts and priorities discussed will help to inform a detailed 10-year proposal for transforming our state’s transit system a catalyst for sustainable economic growth.

For more information and to register for this free event, visit Grow Smart RI.

City Plan Commission Meeting – May 19, 2015

CPC City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from April 28, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivions

1. Case No. 15-016MI – 114 Chace Ave (Preliminary Plan) – Subdivision of a lot measuring approximately 10,300 SF in the R-1 zone, into two lots measuring approximately 5,083 SF and 5,111 SF each – for action (AP 91 Lot 42, Hope)

2. Case No. 15-017MI – 67 Touro Street (Preliminary Plan) – Subdivision of a lot measuring approximately 7,300 SF in the R-3 zone into two lots measuring approximately 3,648 and 3,700 SF. The applicant will require zoning relief from the minimum lot size requirement of 5,000 SF – for action (AP 71 Lot 577, Charles)

Major Land Development Project Public Hearing

3. Case No. 14-038MA – 181 Corliss Street (Preliminary Plan Approval) – The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to construct a four story, 124 room extended stay hotel on the former site of an abandoned Postal Service building. The lot measures approximately 2.01 acres. Continued from the April 28 meeting – for action (AP 74 Lot 376, Mt. Hope)

City Council Referral

4. Referral 3390—Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance – Presentation of proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance to make clarifications, corrections and technical changes to the new ordinance approved in November of 2014. The zoning map will be amended to expand the I-3E overlay district and indicate A and B streets in Downtown. Both items were inadvertently omitted from the zoning map when it was originally approved – for action



Providence Planning Department seeks input on community development priorities

From the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development:

You Are Invited to Discuss Your Priorities For Our Communities and Neighborhoods

square-p-01The City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development invites you to a series of conversations about your priorities for housing and community development needs throughout the city.

The Community Development Division will be gathering the input from these meetings and using it to shape future spending and project priorities and to update the City’s Consolidated Plan – which guides the city’s spending on housing and community development.

Some of the topics covered will be: affordable housing; homelessness; senior services; parks and recreation; services for families, adults, and children; accessibility and mobility; persons with HIV/AIDS; lead paint and other unhealthy or unsafe housing issues; economic development; and public safety.

Plan to participate and make your voice hear!

Tues. March 3 – 6:30pm Webster Avenue School 191 Webster Avenue
Wed. March 4 – 6:30pm Fox Point Boys & Girls Club, 90 Ives Street
Tues. March 10 – 6:30pm West Broadway Neighborhood Association, 1560 Westminster Street
Wed. March 18 – 6:30pm SWAP, 500 Broad Street
Tues. March 24 – 6:30pm Washington Park Community Center, 42 Jillson Street
Mon. April 6 – 6:30pm DaVinci Center, 470 Charles Street
Thurs. April 9 – 6:30pm Dr. Martin Luther King School, 35 Camp Street

To RSVP, please contact Donna Miele at

Please complete our Community Needs Survey:


Public Zoning Ordinance Training Session – February 3, 2015

The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development invites interested members of the public to attend a zoning training session on Tuesday, February 3rd at 5:00pm at 444 Westminster Street in the first floor cafeteria space.

City staff will provide an overview the general organization of the new Zoning Ordinance and provide guidance on how to use the Use Matrix, Use Standards, and Use Definitions. Changes to the City’s zoning districts, and other hot topic items including parking, trees and landscaping, signs, and site development standards relating to lighting, accessory structures, accessory uses, and encroachments will also be discussed.

Please call 401-680-8400 for more information. No RSVP is required. This event is open to all members of the public.

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Brown presentation on the South Street Power Station project at JDA meeting – July 9, 2013


Brown University will present information on the proposed redevelopment of the South Street Power Station at the Jewelry District Association Meeting on Tuesday, July 9th.

The meeting is open to the public, you need to be buzzed into the building for entry.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 • 4:00pm- 5:30pm
Brown Continuing Education Building
200 Dyer Street, Classroom 131/133


Six Providence Photographers Capture Removal of I-195

195-city-hall show

Photo © Paul Shelasky

A photography exhibit documenting the removal of Route 195 begins later this month at Providence City Hall.

Six Providence Photographers Capture Removal of I-195

I -195: A Photographic Excavation, an upcoming exhibit at Providence City Hall Gallery, July 26 – August 24th, presents the work of five Rhode Island and one Massachusetts photographer who documented the demolition and removal of I-195, from the initial DOT’s Gold Wrecking Ball event at India Point in November 2010, through the end of 2011. The exhibit captures the evolution of the project through images of twisted steel, broken concrete, massive machinery, and evolving cityscapes. Though each photographer found their way on top, underneath, and around the abandoned and new highways, their individual visions, techniques, and aesthetics offer viewers a multi-dimensional and artistic observation of demolition and revitalization. The collection of images, as a whole, documents the passage of time for the city of Providence encountering historical, urban change.

Erik Gould, Rhode Island,
Paul Shelasky, Rhode Island,
Warren Eve, Rhode Island,
Bill Benson, Rhode Island,
Paul Clancy, Massachusetts,
David Gong, Rhode Island

An opening reception will be held at the Second Floor Gallery at Providence City Hall on August 2, 2012 at 5pm.


Summer Solstice Celebration at Burnside Park, June 23

Summer SolsticeIt’s nearly time for the return of Burnside Park beer gardens, outdoor evening concerts and storytime mornings—along with a host of new programs starting this summer!

On June 23rd, 2012 Greater Kennedy Plaza and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism are kicking off the summer season with the 1st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration On the Plaza! A FREE, all-day celebration including live art-making, family activities and performances, food trucks, the return of the Burnside Park Beer Garden and an evening of fun music! Details below!

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GrowSmartRI: Power of Place Summit – May 11, 2012

GrowSmartRI’s Power of Place Summit
Friday, May 11, 2012
Rhode Island Convention Center
Registration | Program/Agenda | Facebook

Beyond Austerity: Leveraging the Power of Place for a Stronger Rhode Island Economy

At Grow Smart, we believe there’s no reason why our dynamic state can’t have one of the nation’s most prosperous economies and continue to be one of the most charming and distinctive of the 50 states, given how much we have going for us.

Our 4th biennial Power of Place Summit on Friday, May 11th is a chance to celebrate and promote successful development and planning in Rhode Island. And it’s also an opportunity to examine the many ways to better leverage the Power of Place for a stronger state economy. The Summit brings together nearly 500 business and civic leaders, state and local officials, developers, architects, community activists, real estate professionals, planners and staff from many policy advocacy groups.

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RIPTA Riders Rally, Aug 1

RIPTA Riders

Monday, August 1 • 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Kennedy Plaza in front of Providence City Hall

Join fellow Rhode Island citizens outraged by the service cuts that have been proposed for the state’s public transit system as we come together to protest the proposals outside Providence City Hall at 1:30. Hear RIPTA riders and transit advocates make the case for saving public transportation.

Afterward (2:00 at URI’s Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street), take the message to the public hearing that is being held to gather public input on the reductions.

If the cuts go forward as planned, 39 routes will suffer reductions in service, and 8 routes face elimination entirely. These are the most drastic cuts ever proposed to Rhode Island’s transit system. This loss of service will be a terrible burden to our economy and an even greater hardship for RI’s most vulnerable communities.

For the economy, for social justice, for the environment or public health, for whatever reason you value RIPTA come out and show your support. They need it.

There is also a Service Reduction Hearing at URI’s Providence Campus at 6pm, for those who cannot make a mid-day hearing.

Event on Facebook.


Wooly Fair, July 30

Wooly Fair VII To the Moon!
July 30, 2011 • 2pm-1am
the Steel Yard • 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI

For many weeks now, The Woolies have been building and planning, making sure that Wooly Fair VII, To the Moon! will be a wild spectacle of galactic proportions. On July 30th, we’ll be rocketing you into a lunar wilderness, full of games, live music, spontaneous theater, and, of course, the WOOLY SPACE STATION. The Space Station will be comprised of 21 pentagonal pods, which are being created for the sole purpose of entertaining and inspiring you via shimmering, interactive, artist-made installations.

Visit the website for more information.


City Plan Commission Meeting, May 17

City Plan Commission

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011, – 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903


  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of meeting minutes from April l2th, 2011 – for action


1. Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation of proposed updates to Providence Tomorrow: The Interim Comprehensive Plan based on the results of neighborhood charrettes and public input – for discussion
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Wine Tasting at the Community Boating Center, April 21

On Thursday, April 21st at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting the first of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Pinot Noir

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical wine tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your wine gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your 3rd bottle home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Pinot Noir.” Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Pinot Noir.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.


Providence Geeks, “Geeks for Good” Food Drive, 38 Studios, Dec. 15

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 5:30 – 8:30pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)

Providence Geeks is closing out 2010, with a bang. Our December Geek Dinner features the first public presentation by soon-to-be-Providence-based interactive entertainment company – 38 Studios. Also, with BatchBlue’s leadership, we’ll be having our 3rd annual “Geeks for Good” Food Drive (i.e. bring food! details here).

In one of the most talked-about local events of the year, the company founded by world-champion baseball player Curt Schilling, closed a $75 million bond offering and announced its relocation to Rhode Island. Join CEO Jen MacLean and Studio General Manager Gavian Whishaw as they discuss the company’s games and strategy, approach to complex project development, and plans for how the new studio can support the knowledge economy in Rhode Island.

Note: Baseball fans, Curt will only be present in spirit, not body.

Please RSVP at Facebook – and while you’re there please join our Facebook group. And if you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin with your name and affiliation.



Annual Halloween Iron Pour at the Steel Yard – October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween friends! This is our favorite time of year! Join the Iron Guild for Molten Metal Mayhem at our Annual Halloween Iron Pour!


Friday, October 29th
Rain Date – Saturday, October 30th
Doors at 6:00 pm
Pour starts at 7:00 pm
27 Sims Avenue, Providence, RI 02909

Our annual Iron Pour is a luminous spectacle in celebration of the fall season here in Providence. Each year, the Iron Guild teams up with the Steel Yard to demonstrate the industrial arts in an exciting, accessible way. This year’s performance promises to be in keeping with the dramatic displays of the past with the show titled “HOWL”.

Our incredible displays of molten metal in the past have included: liquid iron being poured into a huge, hand-carved wooden skull and casting the insides of pumpkins while a giant steel one was brought to life. Like those of the past, the 2010 Iron Pour is sure to be a sight to see during this Halloween weekend.

The celebration will be a family-friendly event featuring food and drink vendors from the Providence Juice Company truck and more. A live soundtrack is provided by the Empty House Cooperative, and there’s even a chance to buy handmade art pieces at the Steel Yard’s ceramics cooperative bowl sale.

For those who have never visited the Steel Yard before, this event is a great opportunity to explore some recent environmental renovations made possible by government grants and generous donations from local businesses and private sources.

Sponsored by: Cumberland Foundry
Refreshments provided by: Providence Juice Company
Check it out on: Facebook

Hope to see you there!!