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6/10 Final Plan Released

Rendering of proposed Westminster Street crossing

Some commentary on the final plans released by the State for the 6/10 Connector rebuild.

Download RIDOT’s Presentation on the 6/10 Connector

RI Future: 6-10 Connector plan is way better than it could have been, by Alex Krogh Grabbe Ellis

I’ve been talking up a progressive, urban solution for the 6-10 Connector almost as long as James Kennedy has. So I was excited and cautious and skeptical yesterday at the press event revealing the compromise plan for the corridor negotiated between RIDOT and the City of Providence. There were words from Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, Providence Planning & Development Director Bonnie Nickerson, and RIDOT Director Peter Alviti.

As it turns out, I left the room more optimistic than I went in. If everything in the plan gets built as laid out yesterday, I will be pretty pleased. Here are some pros and cons as I see them:

Visit RI Future to read Alex’s full list if Pros, Cons, and Conclusions on the plan.


Transport Providence: Demand a Mile to Get an Inch

The governor used autocratic power to block the fully realistic aspirations of the city, not just to the city’s detriment, but to the state’s. She has failed to be a leader on climate change or racial justice, the two major struggles of our time. The Cheonngyecheon highway-removal in Seould was a success despite carrying 60% more vehicles than 6/10. Any statement on this agreement must acknowledge the ways that Gov. Raimondo has failed future generations of Rhode Islanders by being so obstructive.

I would have liked the mayor to fight a bit harder and more publicly, but that is a sin of omission. His administration, and especially his planning department, deserve more credit for working as hard as they did. I hope the mayor will consider state office someday.


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City Plan Commission – April 21, 2009

Notice of Regular Meeting • Tuesday, April 21, 2009 • 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development , 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: March 17, 2009

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3316 – Petition to Abandon a Portion of Niagara Street Petition to abandon a portion of Niagara Street between Rodman Street and Early Street for use as a community garden. This portion of Niagara Street is currently covered over by grass and is part of a green space. (Elmwood)

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Minor Subdivision

2. Case No. 04-053MI – 5 Cooke Street (AP 17, LOT 266) Request to subdivide the existing 12,708-sf lot (zoned R-1) with an existing single family dwelling into one lot of 6,708-sf and one lot of 6,000-sf. The subject property is located at the northwest corner of Cooke Street and Power Street. Remanded by Superior Court following an appeal of the CPC’s action on February 28, 2006. (continued from the CPC meeting on March 17, 2009) (College Hill)

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