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Hope Street Cyclovía – September 7, 2014

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From the Facebook event page:


Join Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence for a car-free event that will open up Hope Street for walking, skating, running, cycling and exercise.

Free and open to the public! Featuring Zumba, YMCA’s Y on the Move obstacle course, Recycle-A-Bike, crafts, road bike and BMX demos, a pop-up playground, a dog fashion show, health information and screenings from The Miriam Hospital, and musical performances by Joe’s Backyard Band and Emeline Easton!

The event will take place on Hope Street between 9th Street and Rochambeau Avenue, Sunday, September 7th from noon to 4pm.

Local partners include the City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office and Office of Sustainability, The Miriam Hospital- a Lifespan Partner, Hope Street Merchants Association, Bank RI, Walgreens, Zipcar, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

For more information visit ProvidenceRI.com

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2014 Providence Cyclovía series starts this weekend on Broad Street

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Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook page

Providence will have 3 cyclovía events this year, the first takes place this Sunday on Broad Street in South Providence. Details from the City:


Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise, and socialize. The event is sponsored by Mayor Taveras in collaboration with the City’s Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

“Cyclovía provides Providence residents with a safe and fun environment that promotes cycling, walking and community interaction – all elements of a healthy, balanced lifestyle,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Residents from across the city will have the opportunity to enjoy their neighborhoods and to experience the great things that Providence has to offer.”

Providence held its first-ever Cyclovía in September 2012 on Broad Street. In 2013, the City of Providence expanded Cyclovías to Valley Street in Olneyville and Hope Street on the East Side.

2014 Cyclovía Providence Series

  • Sunday, June 29 • 12-4pm
    Elmwood: Broad Street (Thurbers Ave. – Prairie Ave.)
  • Sunday, July 27 • 12-4pm
    Federal Hill: Broadway (Dean St. – Courtland St.)
  • Sunday, September 7 • 12-4pm
    East Side: Hope Street (Lippitt Park/9th Ave – Rochambeau Ave.)
Full disclosure: I am a member of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.
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New building at site of Clarke Flowers to house City Kitty

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From Preserve Providence’s Hope Street:

Peter Scotti has entered a sales agreement with Cathy Lund, owner of City Kitty, for the purchase of the site. Dr. Lund plans to erect a new building with a cat vet practice, 1-2 professional tenants and 3 apartments. This plan will require zoning approval and is headed toward a November 2013 hearing. Scotti and Lund met with a small group of abutters who were pleased with their plans and responsiveness.

While it is always sad to lose an historic building, I believe this represents one of the best possible uses for the parcel. The existing building has limited ability to be reused, is undersized for what the corridor could support, and I’ve heard is in a less than optimal state of repair needing a large investment to realize meager possible returns.

The vet center will be low impact as far as traffic is concerned and adding apartments helps build the density in the Hope Street corridor providing a broader customer base for local businesses. There are certainly other undersized buildings in the corridor which would not be missed if they were knocked down for a similar structure that respects the character of the neighborhood while modestly boosting residential density.

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Hope Street Cyclovía – September 15, 2013

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Mayor Taveras Hosts Providence Cyclovía on Hope Street

Sunday, September 15 from 11am to 3pm

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Sunday, September 15, Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence will host the last of three Cyclovía events in Providence this summer season. The event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will open Hope Street exclusively for use by bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters.

Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise and socialize. A half-mile stretch of Hope Street, from Rochambeau Avenue to Ninth Street, will be closed to traffic during the event.

The event is sponsored by Mayor Taveras in collaboration with the City’s Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. Cyclovía will include bicycle workshops, Zumba, street vendors and more:

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→ ProJo: Longtime East Sider buying Clarke Flower

A longtime East Side resident and developer is a signature away from buying the former Clarke Flower Shops, a property closed since 2011 and dear to many of its neighbors.

Peter M. Scotti, 61, even worked at 398 Hope St. as a child when it was McCarron’s Flowers.

“It looks like a good property to redevelop,” he said Friday. “We’ve got to find a good use for the properties.”

See more posts about Clarke Flower Shop.
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Holiday events tonight

Craftland BUY ART Nite!

Buy Art235 Westminster Street
5pm-8pm • December 6, 2012

Every night at Craftland we are here for your art buying needs, but tonight is extra special. Join us to celebrate this year’s 5 Providence artists who have their images on the Buy Art Providence buttons. This year’s artists are Heather Annis, Maria DiFranco, Alison Paul, Quintin Rivera Toro, and Matthew Underwood. Come meet them, see their original artwork on exhibit, raise a glass, and of course shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at Craftland.

Are you ready to have fun? RSVP on Facebook here and bring your friends!


Hope Street Holiday Stroll

Hope Street Holiday StrollHope Street between Rochambeau Avenue and Sixth Street
4pm-8pm • December 6, 2012

Come feel the cheer on Hope Street for the Holidays! This year’s stroll will be HUGE! Musical trolley rides, hay ride, petting zoo, food trucks, fire jugglers, The Extraordinary Rendition Marching Band, tree and wreath sales, Children’s Film Festival Outdoor, blacksmithing, glassblowing, carolling, pictures with SANTA, local celebrities, Human Dreidel, Holiday Parade, Bar Crawl and MORE!

More on Facebook

If you plan to take RIPTA to Hope Street, be aware Route 42 will be detoured due to the road closure.

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City Plan Commission Meeting May 15, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development
1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of meeting minutes from April 16th and April 24th, 2012 meetings – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 12-015MI – 157 Hope Street The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to subdivide the existing vacant lot measuring 4,038 SF, into two lots measuring 7,015 SF and 7,023 SF. (College Hill AP 13 Lot 204, R-1) – for action

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3346 Petition to amend the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan – PUBLIC HEARING The petitioner is requesting that the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan be amended so that the Neighborhood/Commercial land use designation is extended to encompass the area bounded by Cushing, Hope, Angell and Thayer Streets on Map 11.2 entitled “Future Land Use.” (College Hill) – for discussion and action

3. Referral 3347 – Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance Review of proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance including amending the zoning map to create the C-3 zone for mixed use transit oriented development, changes to dimensional and use regulations, signage and parking. The Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council – for discussion and action

Major Land Development Project

4. Case No. 12-014MA – Cedar Street Parking Structure The applicant is seeking Master Plan Approval to construct a two level parking structure with a total of 317 parking spaces. The structure will occupy the area between Brayton Street and 50 Cedar Street. A portion of Cedar Street and Bond Street is proposed for abandonment to provide access to the parking area. The applicant has proposed Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments to accommodate the development. (Federal Hill AP 26 Lots 67, 166, 167, 171, 176, 178, 182, R-G and D-2) – for action.

See previous proposal: Building proposed at 50 Cedar Street

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Hope Street drive-thru ZBR hearing, March 16

The proposal to build a drive-thru coffee shop at the site of Clarke’s Flower Shop on Hope Street is on the Zoning Board of Review agenda for March 16th.

SCHARTNER FLORISTS, LLC, OWNER AND ACREI, INC., APPLICANT: 394-398 Hope Street, also known as Lots 35 and 36 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 9, located in a Residential R-3 Three-Family Zone; filed an application seeking relief from Sections 303-use codes 56.1 & 57.2, 604.2 and 607.1 pursuant to Section 200 in the proposed demolition of the existing flower shop (6,545 square feet) and the construction of a new building (2,475 square feet) for a new coffee shop with drive-thru. The applicant is requesting a use variance for this proposal within the residential district and seeks dimensional relief from regulations governing signs. The lots in question together contain approximately 19,624 square feet of land area.

The ZBR meets on Wednesday, March 16th in the Probate Court Room, fifth floor, City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street starting at 5:30pm.

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Black Friday

Shop Local
Shop Downcity is running down all the sales happening in the Westminster Street area today on their Facebook page. Check it out or just head Downcity. And don’t forget to pick-up your Downcity Bingo Card for a chance to win prizes for shopping Downcity.

The Hope Street Winter Stroll is next weekend, but the merchants up there are open today for all your local Black Friday shopping.

Find more local merchants at the city’s Buy Providence page.

Shopping for the urbanist
Greater Greater Washington has a run down of great presents for the urbanist in your life (if you’re reading this, that is likely you). And P.S., I’m an urbanist and no one has yet bought me the Lego public transit set.

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Free holiday parking starts Nov. 26

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City of Providence Press Release:

Shoppers offered two hours of free parking to make it easier for people to Buy Providence this holiday season

PROVIDENCE – Holiday shoppers will be able to park two hours for free in designated commercial districts throughout Providence beginning Friday, November 26th. Mayor David N. Cicilline kicked off the annual parking program to help boost the local economy by making it easier for shoppers to Buy Providence this holiday season.

Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10am until 6pm beginning Friday, November 26th through Wednesday, January 1, 2011 in the following commercial districts:

  • Downtown Providence bounded by Steeple Street, west to route 95; 95 south to 195; 195 east to Point Street; Point Street to Wickenden Street; north on South Main to North Main Street at Steeple Street (exclusive of the court district)
  • Broad Street – Public to Montgomery Street
  • Atwells – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine to Atwood to Magnolia Streets
  • South Main Street – Wickenden Street to Packet Street
  • Wayland Square – East Angel/Angel to Gano Street. Wayland from Angel to Pitman Streets
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau to Blackstone Boulevard
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden at Benefit to Ives at Preston Street
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Streets

The holiday parking program is designed for shoppers patronizing local businesses. The two hour parking limit will be strictly enforced by parking enforcement officers. Cars parked illegally in prohibited areas including cross walks and tow zones will be ticketed during this period.

It is good to know that cars parked in crosswalks will be ticketed during the holidays at least, it would be nice if that happened year-round. /sarcasm

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News & Notes

→ RIPTA restoring 100 daily runs with re-opening of Warwick Mall [Warwick Beacon]
I had no idea 100 trips ran to Warwick Mall, probably because that is the total of 3 different bus lines. There must be someway for RIPTA to make it more apparent that so many buses go to the mall.

→ Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Touts “Death Knell” for LNG [Newport Now]

→ Not just another strip mall [South County Independent]
Nice to see someone in South County editorializing against sprawl. However, it is maddening to learn that The Kingstown Road Special Management District prohibits drive-thru windows. Drive-thrus are banned in the sprawling hinterland of Peace Dale, but not on Hope Street in Providence. Ugh.

→ Free Parking Comes at a Price [The New York Times]

→ Access Denied Flickr Group
“This group is a place to show how inaccessible the world can be to wheelchair users, and people with all kinds of disabilities.”

[Flickr via Transportation for America]

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A closer look at the proposed Drive-Thru on Hope Street

Kath Connoly got the planning documents for the proposed drive-thru coffee shop on Hope Street and posted them to the Preserve Providence’s Hope Street Facebook Group.

Ugh.

Blergh.

Sigh.

Yay! The drive-thru can stack 12 cars!

So where are we going to start with this one? Surprisingly, we’re going to start in South County. As you can see from the drawings above, we’ve learned the “coffee shop chain” in question is Rhode Island’s own, Brewed Awakenings. See Brewed Awakenings has a location in South County Commons in South Kingstown.

Brewed Awakenings
Photo (cc) PhosphoricX3

If you’re not familiar with South County Commons, think of Garden City by with a few more sidewalks. It is one of those faux New Urbanist developments built on a greenfield in the middle of nowhere and crafted to look like a “village”, a village surrounded by parking lots with no hope of ever leaving by any mode other than an automobile. So in this autocentric faux urban environment in the far flung suburbs, does Brewed Awakenings have a drive-thru? No.

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Proposed Drive-Thru coffee shop on Hope Street

Image from Google StreetView

On the Zoning Board of Review agenda for August 16th is a proposal to demolish Clarke Flower Shop on Hope Street and replace it with a drive-thru “coffee shop.”

SCHARTNER FLORISTS, LLC, OWNER AND ACREI, INC., APPLICANT: 394-398 Hope Street, also known as Lots 35 and 36 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 9, located in a Residential R-3 Three-Family Zone; filed an application seeking relief from Sections 303-use codes 56.1 & 57.2, 604.2 and 607.1 pursuant to Section 200 in the proposed demolition of the existing flower shop (6,545 square feet) and the construction of a new building (2,475 square feet) for a new coffee shop with drive-thru. The applicant is requesting a use variance for this proposal within the residential district and seeks dimensional relief from regulations governing signs. The lots in question together contain approximately 19,624 square feet of land area.

A Facebook Group has already been formed to block the plan and they are encouraging people to attend the Zoning meeting on August 16th.

The Zoning meeting is August 16th starting at 5:30pm at Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street, in the Probate Court Room on the 5th floor. This item is second on the agenda so should be heard very close to 5:30.

This Google Map shows how many children are in the area of the proposed drive-thru.

View 398 Hope Street: Near Over 1800 Children in a larger map

Neighborhood concern is that the drive-thru will present a safety hazard to the hundreds of children that are in the area every day.

As you can see from the Application quoted above, the applicant needs several variances in order to build the proposed coffee shop including a use variance due to being in a residential zone, and a sign variance.

Greater City Providence opposes the creation of ANY drive-thrus within the city of Providence. Further we oppose the demolition of the existing 6,545 square foot building which is visually interesting, built to the street, and contributes positively to the streetscape of the neighborhood. We have no doubt, that the proposed 2,475 square foot building (drive-thru or no) will be a far inferior structure to the existing structure.

We encourage the developer (whichever coffee chain it is) to take a look at Seven Stars up the street in Hope Village and the Dunkin Donuts on Gano Street to see how coffee shop can reuse and existing structure at the former, and be built to the street and function without a drive-thru in the latter.

Residents of the area, especially those who have children attending the schools in the area, are encouraged to attend the Zoning meeting to make their opposition known.

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MLK Day of Service: “Hope Street Sweep”

GC:PVD reader Jessica will is organizing a clean up on Hope Street on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday.

Hope Street Sweep

How often do you feel less Hope-ful when you see the trash strewn about Hope Street? On Monday, January 18th starting at 9am, I’ll be picking up trash along Hope Street in Providence, RI. I plan to start at the intersection of Hope and Doyle (Observatory and YMCA) and will work my way north to the intersection of Hope and Rochambeau. As of now this is a one person show. Anyone who is interested can feel free to join me. Contact Jessica.

For other Day of Service opportunities in Providence, please visit All for Good.

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