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State to pay $3.1 million to buy land for prohibited parking

In Government, Parking by Jef Nickerson27 Comments

Image from Google Maps As Ted Nesi reported in his Saturday Morning Post and ProJo reports today, the State Properties Committee has agreed to spend $3.1 million acquiring several parcels on Francis Street across from the State House and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. State officials tell ProJo they would like to turn the land into a parking lot ‘available for …

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10 reasons why the Apponaug Circulator is ‘not ready to go’

In Government by Jef Nickerson14 Comments

The Providence streetcar project is not the only TIGER grant application coming from Rhode Island. RIDOT has also submitted an application for the Apponaug Circulator Long-term Improvements Project . The Mayor has thrown his support behind the streetcar however the Governor (former Mayor of Warwick) is not on board, saying through a spokesperson to WPRI that the streetcar project is, …

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Providence streetcar back on track

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson22 Comments

In late 2009 then Mayor David Cicilline unveiled the Metro Transit Study, calling for the return of streetcars to Providence. In the intervening years, the Core Connector study has looked at the possibilities for doing just that, through studies and public meetings. A locally preferred alternative route connecting the East Side with the Hospitals area in Upper South Providence has been approved by RIPTA.

Governor installs State Police Lieutenant Colonel as RIPTA overseer

In Government, RIPTA by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

This scandal at RIPTA is just what the agency doesn’t need. Although, maybe if a thorough cleaning of the house results, it will turn out to be exactly what it does need. Let’s hope politics can keep out of the way of truth and sanity. From the Governor’s Office: Governor Chafee Asks State Police to Secure RIPTA Records, Launch Investigation …

PPAC Square is great, needs trees

In Downcity by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

This morning the Providence Performing Arts Center was joined by Mayor Angel Taveras and Governor Lincoln Chafee in officially unveiling the new PPAC Square, otherwise known as the intersection of Weybosset and Mathewson Streets. At the event, PPAC’s President Lynn Singleton presented Governor Chafee with a Founder’s Award in recognition of work he did as a U.S. Senator to secure …

ProJo: R.I. Gov. Chafee proposes moving state offices into landmark ‘Superman building’ in Providence

In Asides, Bicycles, Downcity, Government by Greater City Providence10 Comments

Governor Chafee, as part of a package of budget amendments submitted to the legislature Thursday, proposes using part of this year’s revenue windfall to fund the initial planning and engineering to evaluate moving state offices into the building at 111 Westminster St.

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RINPR: Chafee unveils plan for state’s distressed communities; legislative outlook uncertain

In Asides, Economy, Government by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Flanked by mayors and town managers from around the state, Governor Lincoln Chafee unveiled a plan this afternoon for helping Rhode Island’s most fiscally troubled communities. He held up a copy of the Providence Journal - featuring headlines about Woonsocket’s cash crunch and Providence’s bond downgrade - to underscore the gravity of the situation. See also: WPRI: A roundup of …