View Post

WPRI: Providence’s streetcar plan hits snag as feds reject $39M proposal

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Jef Nickerson, founder and editor of the urban planning and development blog Greater City Providence, told WPRI.com that it is “disappointing that Rhode Island prioritizes funding for automobile infrastructure but continues to fail in funding for mass transit services in the state’s urban core.” Nickerson cited the General Assembly’s inability to pass legislation that would provide a reliable source of …

WPRI: 195 land commission needs more money

In 195 Relocation Project, Asides, Government by Greater City Providence7 Comments

The Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission created by the General Assembly last year was given $250 million for economic development planning. Now the seven-member commission of volunteers says it needs more money to hire an executive director to help execute the group’s five months of planning. Seems the Commission actually borrowed $250k from the EDC, not was given $250 million …

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Creating a transit culture, London hopes it’s wayfinding system will get more people to walk to their destinations, and more in today’s News & Notes.

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City Providence2 Comments

California Drive-Thru Ban and the “Health in All Policies” Approach Baldwin Park, California, home of the country’s first drive-thru, has banned drive-thru construction for nine months in an effort to combat obesity. [The City Fix] RI senators land Pawtucket River bridge money Rhode Island’s senators on Thursday announced a $2.3-million appropriation to help replace the Pawtucket River Bridge, the deteriorated …

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

FooFest – August 14th: Over 20 art installations and creative activities. [FooFest] Maker Faire Rhode Island – August 28th: Celebrate New England D.I.Y! Featuring hands-on making, building & hacking, culinary crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots, culminating with a Waterfire in the Creative Capital, Providence, RI. [Maker Faire Rhode Island] (Ohio) Mileage tax suggested to replace …

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Investment in Transportation Changes is Tough Hill to Climb [Coalition for Transportation Choices] Charlotte does light rail right [Grist] Can infrastructure-led growth save the economy? [Salon] Mixed-Use Downtown Development Puts Standard Malls’ Tax Yield to Shame [Citiwire] A Fast-Paced City Tries to Be a Gentler Place to Grow Old [New York Times]

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City Providence4 Comments

Georgetown’s ‘Social Safeway’ is a monument to changing supermarket architecture [The Washington Post] New grocery store is built on the second floor, with street level retail screening a parking garage. Foreclosures point to waning of the suburban era, study says [New Urban News] Development is shifting to cities more strongly than most Americans realize, a new book asserts. Ellen Dunham-Jones: …