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Mayor Taveras’ Budget Address

In Economy, Government by Greater City Providence9 Comments

Update: Video of the Mayor’s budget address. Press Release from Mayor Taveras’ office regarding tonight’s budget address (See below prepared text of the Mayor’s Address): Mayor Taveras Delivers Fiscal Year 2012 Budget to City Council Shared sacrifice is major theme of Mayor’s first budget submission PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras today delivered his proposed 2012 budget to the Providence …

Announcement from the Mayor’s Office regarding snow removal

In Government, Snow by Greater City Providence9 Comments

Announcement from the Mayor’s Office regarding snow removal: Public Service Announcement: Snow-Covered Sidewalks Pose Signficant Safety Hazard Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Providence community urged to follow City Ordinance on Snow Removal The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a potent, fast-moving storm forecast to affect Providence this afternoon and tomorrow morning. The storm is expected to …

Mayor Taveras Launches Economic Development Director Search

In Economy, Government by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Among Mayor Taveras’ immediate goals for economic development in the City of Providence are maximizing the development of the newly recovered I-195 land; improving the City’s public transportation system; retaining existing businesses, recruiting new investment and reforming the City’s zoning, permitting and licensing processes; strategic investments in Providence’s arts and entrepreneurial communities; the pursuit of policies to reduce the City’s …

Full disclosure regarding Transition Providence

In Election 2010, Government by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Today the Transition Team for Mayor-Elect Taveras issued a press release announcing seven committees devoted to determining how to put Mr. Taveras’ campaign promises into action. If you read the release closely, you’d have noticed that my name is on it. A couple weeks ago I was asked to be on the City Services Committee and accepted. So in the …

Transition Providence

In Election 2010, Government by Greater City Providence7 Comments

Mayor-Elect Taveras has a new website up, TransitionProvidence.org. It is early days so it is pretty light on content at the moment, but he is already seeking your feedback. We’re looking forward to seeing more content on the site soon. In the meantime, feel free to discuss here what you want to see the new mayor get to work on. …

Thoughts on the Councilman Hassett hit and run

In Featured, Roads by Jef Nickerson26 Comments

Atwells Avenue. Image from Google StreetView First, this goes without saying, but let’s say it because I’m about to get angry. Our thoughts (and I’m sure for those of us that do so, prayers) are with Councilman Hassett and his family and friends, and we hope for nothing but the speediest and fullest recovery for the Councilman and to see …

Mandatory recycling coming to Providence

In Environment by Jef Nickerson34 Comments

Photo (cc) Scott Ableman ProJo reports today on a new recycling effort for the city of Providence. Starting Nov. 2, any resident who doesn’t separate paper, glass and cans will not have their trash picked up, Cicilline said. Residents have an option, however: they can purchase the bins for $5 apiece, or they can label their own trash cans with …

“The area commonly known as the Promenade Green Corridor”

In Environment by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Really? The city announced today that Connecticut based Alteris Renewables will be opening an office in Providence. The company’s finance department, a call center and regional staff will be located at 28 Wolcott St., an award-winning net-zero building in the city’s growing Green Corridor. The office spaces are Rhode Island’s first and only net-zero office environment, including heating and electricity …

Providence Parks Survey

In Parks/Open Space by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

The Mayor’s Office is asking residents to fill out a brief survey about their park usage: We will use this information as a basis for community meetings in the fall that will focus on merging the Parks Department and the Recreation Department to provide better open space and recreational programming to our residents. The survey is here.

If I were the Mayor…

In Government by Jen Cole14 Comments

If I were Mayor of Providence, and all the other mayors were coming to visit I would show them the following 10 sites (in no particular order), providing I was in a good mood: The gardens at South Side Community Land Trust: SCLT, helping residents grow food for over 20 years is easily one of the greatest things Providence has …