Annual sidewalk rant: Neverending snowstorm edition

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An ongoing tradition here at Greater City Providence, the annual sidewalk rant. So let’s start with the peeviest of my peeves, the Route 95 overpasses. This is the snow on the sidewalks on the Broadway Bridge this afternoon: Here’s some fine citizens struggling over the bridge on foot, looks like they are returning from the mall with some Christmas gifts: …

REBOOT: Dean Street Interchange and Viaduct

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Click image to enlarge [box style=”red”]REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD 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 they …

Here today, gone today

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This morning This afternoon This building at the corner of Atwells and Bond Street appeared to be having work done to it in recent weeks. As with the building next to it, all the windows were removed (in the building next to it, new windows were then installed) and workers have been in and out of the building for months. …

For Sale: Slightly damaged school house

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Update on the Grove Street School, after all the heartburn, seems the owners are now willing to sell: Dear Friends, This was sent today (May 5, 2008) from Deming Sherman regarding the court issues and purchase of Grove St school. There needs to be a buyer offering a bid with serious intentions soon. This may be a problematic development effort …

Greater City Providence Position on Vista Della Torre Zoning Hearing

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm the Zoning Board of Review will hear a petition on variance for the project known as Vista Della Torre on Federal Hill. TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AND THE PROVIDENCE HOUSING AUTHORITY, PROPERTY OWNERS AND TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, APPLICANT: 21 & 32 Federal Street at Bradford Street. The applicant is requesting relief from …

Paved paradise?

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View Larger Map Acorn Street at Spruce Street, Federal Hill I was walking down Spruce Street last night in the rain to go to the new Walgreens at 333 Atwells to buy some ice cream, when I realized something was missing on Spruce Street. Remember that social club behind Tony’s Colonial? Well it’s gone. No not closed, gone, the whole …

April 8, Zoning Board of Review hearing on Vista Della Torre

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The Vista Della Torre project will have a hearing at the Zoning Board of Review on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm in the Probate Court Room, 5th Floor of Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street. TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AND THE PROVIDENCE HOUSING AUTHORITY, PROPERTY OWNERS AND TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, APPLICANT: 21 & 32 Federal Street at Bradford Street. …

Broadway/Westminster Graffiti Cleanup Saturday, March 15

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UPDATE: Due to snow expected tomorrow morning, the organizers of this event have decided to go with their snow date, 03/15, same time, same location. View Larger Map The WBNA and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation are hosting a graffiti cleanup on Broadway on Saturday, March 1st. Details are: We need your help! Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, …

aka The Tower of Terror II

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Photo of Newport Collaborative rendering by Jef Nickerson for gcpvd.org Last Tuesday the City Council’s Public Works Committee approved a request by Cranston developer Frank Zammiello to receive an underground easement below a portion of Bradford Street in order to build a condo project dubbed, Vista Della Torre. At the same meeting the Public Works Committee was unable to reach …

Ugh, Grove Street School

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I don’t even want to talk about it. Just go here to read the Journal article. Related: Greater City Providence: Grove Street School partial demolition Greater City Providence: A short history of the Grove Street School Greater City Providence: Fire at Grove Street School ArtInRuins: Grove Street School UrbanPlanet: Grove Street School Illegal Demolition

Sidewalks shoveled? That’s unpossible!

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So I went outside, camera in hand, all prepared to document the continued un-shoveled-ness of Providence. I live on one of the little alleys off Atwells and we’ve had literally at least 6 snow plows go by today. I thought, ‘great, the city finally gets it on plowing, but that doesn’t help my non-car-owning-pedestrian-ass.’ So out I went to take …

Building Providence

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Street View is fun, let’s look at some of what Street View caught Providence building: RISD Chace Center View Larger Map Capitol Cove View Larger Map Waterplace View Larger Map Renaissance Providence Hotel | Masonic Temple View Larger Map The Residences at the Westin Providence View Larger Map

This is how people get killed by snowplows

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Atwells Avenue, December 20, 2007. This is my walk to work. The City came out yesterday and moved the snow/ice from the parking lane and piled it up on the sidewalk (a city owned sidewalk). So a week after the Storm of the Centurytm, I’m still walking in the street. Happily, I have not been run over by a snowplow… …

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Fire at Grove Street School

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[box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: Sources state that the City has required the building’s owner, Michael Tarro “secure” the building within 7 days.[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: The Providence Journal: Arson unit investigating blaze at old school[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/17: The following photos were forwarded to me by the WBNA[/alert] From the Providence Journal: July 17, 2007 Update: Fire at former Grove St. …

Bradford Street safe, for now.

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Image from Google Maps Tonight the Providence City Council did the right thing and voted to send the resolution to abandon a portion of Bradford Street back to committee, meaning it will return to the Planning Department and City Plan Commission for review, as it should have all along. Earlier in the evening, the Public Works Committee of the City …

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In the News: Bradford Street

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Providence Business News: Luxury condo tower plans draw ire The Providence City Council is scheduled to vote July 5 on a street abandonment that would make way for a luxury, high-security condominium tower rising above Interstate 95 at the entrance to Federal Hill. Vista Della Torre is an $80 million, 33-story project at the intersection of Bradford and Federal streets …