Federal Hill/West End/Reservoir Providence Tomorrow Charrettes – May 4-7, 2009

In Government by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Mayor & City Council Host Providence Tomorrow Neighborhood Charrette Weeklong workshops exploring West End, Federal Hill and Reservoir issues to begin Monday, May 4th at Federal Hill House Mayor David N. Cicilline and the Providence City Council announced plans for the 9th Providence Tomorrow Neighborhood Charrette for the West End, Federal Hill and Reservoir neighborhoods on May 4 – 7 …

Me no understand

In Government by Jef Nickerson11 Comments

So I (well, not I, it’s from the email list, not a personal message) get this email from the Mayor: Dear friends of Providence, Today I made a decision that will allow me to place all of my focus and energy on protecting the gains we’ve made in Providence and seeing our city through the current economic crisis. I hope …

Mayor’s “State of the City” Tonight

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Tonight at 7 PM is Mayor Mayor David Cicilline’s “State of the City” address. It’s at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 5th floor Rotunda. Greater City Providence will be there. Does anyone know if the Convention Center has WiFi? If so, I’ll try to liveblog it… From the press release: The Mayor will talk about the City’s response to the …

The Advocate thinks he’s running

In Government by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

The Advocate in a story this month speculates that Mayor Cicilline may have his eyes on Smith Hill. The article states Cicilline is, “(w)idely considered one of the state’s most viable gubernatorial candidates for 2010.” I don’t like to stray too far into politics here, but seriously, is anyone a viable gubernatorial candidate in 2010? Does anyone even want to …

Mr. Cicilline Goes to Washington

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The ProJo reports that Mayor Cicilline in his capacity within the U.S. Conference of Mayors headed down to D.C. yesterday to meet with a bunch of big wigs. Cicilline and mayors from Stamford, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas met with President-Elect Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and others to discuss direct economic stimulus …

No more free parking

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

From left, site of proposed but unbuilt Empire at Broadway, OneTen Westminster Street, and Grant’s Block David Segal rumors on Daily Dose that the Hotel Sierra, proposed for Washington Street is dead. David thinks it is time for the perpetual cycle of propose flashy new building for site of current historic or semi-historic building, get variance, get approvals, tear down …

Greater Kennedy Plaza

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Burnside Park The city has been working in recent month on short term moves, and long term planning to improve what they are calling the Greater Kennedy Plaza area. That work has begun to manifest itself over recent weeks. On Thursday’s in recent weeks, food has been served in Burnside Park. Today, the Thursday event was expanded to become Market …

Sustainable Housing Design Winner; Robert Swinburne

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Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT was the other winner of the city’s Sustainable Housing Design Competition. Robert’s design brief as posted on the city’s planning website: This house is designed to be a “gem” in any neighborhood. It’s small size and beautiful proportions are reminiscient of many older homes but with a modern flexible plan. …

Sustainable Housing Design Winner; Christine Malecki West

In Environment, Housing by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Christine Malecki West of Kite Architects in Providence was on of the winners of the city’s Sustainable Housing Design Competition. The contest looked to design houses that were both environmentally sensitive and affordable. Here is the design brief on Christine’s entry posted on the city’s planning website: This house demonstrates that green design need not be eccentric to make a …

Little green house winners

In Environment, Housing by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Last month the Mayor’s Office announced a design competition for affordable, environmentally friendly home designs. Today the winners were announced and among the winners was friend of Greater City Providence Christine West of Kite Architects in Providence, also winning was Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT. Congratulations to both Christine and Robert. When we learn more about the winning designs we’ll …

Little green houses, for you and me

In Environment by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

The Mayor’s Office announced today a design competition to design environmentally sensitive affordable housing for Providence. PROVIDENCE – Imagine Providence neighborhoods with houses that are affordable, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. That’s what Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline will ask the community to do when he kicks off the city’s first-ever Sustainable Housing Design Competition on Thursday, March 6 at …