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A reader sent us this photo showing snow piled up (from the street, maybe the parking lot) on the sidewalk along Westminster Street near the Service Road. This photo was from yesterday afternoon, but our reader says it was still there in all its glory this morning.
This is right where high speed traffic coming off the Service Road whips through the right turn lane, drivers looking left to see if they can merge without stopping, not looking right to see if a person has been forced into the roadway by a glacier.
Alyssa Guzman was struck at about 8:30 a.m. on Monday in the area of Dorrance and Westminster streets.
Providence police Sgt. Paul Zienowicz said Tuesday that the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was a tan minivan but with unknown plates. Anyone who may have witnessed what happened should contact the Providence police, he said.
A little after 8 p.m., the girls, ages 14 and 17, were getting off a RIPTA bus in the area of Westminster and Knight streets, the police said. They ran across the street without looking and were hit by the car, described by the police as a dark Honda.
I’m seeing a lot of bellyaching on social media about streets not being plowed yet. While, my street is showing signs of blacktop, I feel others pain, but. We got walloped with feet of snow drifting to amazing proportions. There are hundreds of thousands, probably millions of tons of snow that need to be removed from hundreds of miles of roads. This is not something that just happens in a day or two, or more.
What does annoy me, is snow removal done wrong. The Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (of which I am a member) has discussed with Providence EMA the problem of plows piling snow at the corners of blocks, which then makes it impossible for abutters to comply with snow removal regulations. And while like I said, we’re dealing with a monumental amount of snow, that really has few places to go, I’m seeing a lot of signs around the few parts of the city that I’ve been able to reach this weekend, signs that this continues to happen.
While the photo above is from Pawtucket, not Providence, it illustrates the problem well. My friend who took the photo asked the workers who were dumping the snow if the abutter here would receive a fine and was told: ‘if they talked to city hall they wouldn’t get a fine.’
Well, that is nice for the pocketbook of the abutter (though, ‘talk to City Hall,’ is a rather vague directive), it sucks for all the people who now have to walk in East Avenue because the sidewalk will be closed for weeks.
I went out in the snow… for a minute. My goodness it is crazy out. Update on the Atwells Avenue gas leak, they are still working, Atwells is still closed.
A photography exhibit documenting the removal of Route 195 begins later this month at Providence City Hall.
Six Providence Photographers Capture Removal of I-195
I -195: A Photographic Excavation, an upcoming exhibit at Providence City Hall Gallery, July 26 – August 24th, presents the work of five Rhode Island and one Massachusetts photographer who documented the demolition and removal of I-195, from the initial DOT’s Gold Wrecking Ball event at India Point in November 2010, through the end of 2011. The exhibit captures the evolution of the project through images of twisted steel, broken concrete, massive machinery, and evolving cityscapes. Though each photographer found their way on top, underneath, and around the abandoned and new highways, their individual visions, techniques, and aesthetics offer viewers a multi-dimensional and artistic observation of demolition and revitalization. The collection of images, as a whole, documents the passage of time for the city of Providence encountering historical, urban change.
An opening reception will be held at the Second Floor Gallery at Providence City Hall on August 2, 2012 at 5pm.
The Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability is a new commission set up by the Taveras Administration to, well, to do what the name says. The Legislation enabling the Commission is at the bottom of this post.
Their first meeting is today (sorry to say I received notice of this on Friday, but am just getting around to posting). Today’s meeting being their first, it will consist mostly of organizing and the Commissioners getting to know each other. It is open to the public but there won’t be a public comment period on this meeting. I hope to get notice of their future meetings posted in a more timely fashion.
Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability
March 19, 2012 – 5:30pm
The Conference Room, Third Floor, City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903
- Welcome and overview of City Council Resolution creating commission from John Marion, Chairman.
- Election of Vice Chairperson
- Discussion relative to upcoming meetings and schedule.
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.
Live Streams are over. Prepared text added to post below.
The State of the City will be livestreaming below starting at 7pm (technology willing).
WPRI Stream has better sound.
Feel free to add you thoughts in the comments as you watch, this post will be updated during and after the address.
Rumors have been swirling about the Arcade since, well probably since 1828 when it was built, but certainly since 2008 when Granoff kicked out all the retailers and closed it.
I’ve heard all manner of stories about the place over recent years but haven’t written about any of them because I’m very much of the “I’ll believe it when I see it,” opinion. The rumors however are ramping up now with GoLocalProv reporting about it earlier this month and PBN reporting on it today, and a special event scheduled for Wednesday with the Mayor and Governor attending. So, the noise has risen to the point where I must write about it.
The plan according to information gathered by GoLocalProv and PBN is to re-open retail on the ground floor and convert the 2nd and 3rd floors to residential uses.
First. Was it necessary to kick out the retailers and close the joint for 4 years in order to build apartments on the upper floors? Sure, there are costs to having the building open, but there were rent paying tenants and those tenants had customers (myself among them). Whatever, I’m always first to admit that I’m not an economist, maybe closing down made the most sense for the owners. So, yay, they’re going to re-open it.
There’s no information to go with this video on YouTube, but apparently it is a camera strapped to a model airplane. Pretty cool!
Update: I got an email from Nicholas Lin who created this video. He provided a link to a video shot with a better camera and some info on his process:
The plane is flown birds eye view. I have a camera on the plane that records as well as sends live video to a set of video goggles that I wear to fly. It’s amazing to be able to see Providence from that perspective. I live on the East Side of Providence and love the city!
Dozens of cyclists joined an inaugural ride of the new on-street bike path and roving press conference. Lots of distinguished guests including Senator Jack Reed spoke at the roving press conference.
Photo from Cycle Blackstone’s Facebook Page
Monday, July 11 • 8:30am – 11:30am
Along the on-road connector East Providence to Cumberland
Great news – both the sharrows and temporary signage have been installed along the designated route between Cumberland and East Providence! We’re gearing up to hold our press conference and we want to invite you to join us in celebrating the completion of the route.
Please meet us at any of the locations below:
- 8:30 – Opening Ceremony – East Providence (East Bay Bike Path Parking Lot on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway) Depart at 9:00
- 9:30 – Speaking – Providence (Lippitt Park at the end of Blackstone Boulevard) Depart at 9:45
- 10:00 – Speaking – Pawtucket (Pawtucket Visitor’s Center on the corner of Roosevelt and Main) Depart at 10:15
- 10:30 – Closing Ceremony – Cumberland (Start of Blackstone Valley Bikeway on Jones Street)
This post was originally posted on Alissa Graham’s blog, Alissa: Adventurer and is reproduced here with permission.
Yesterday, May 4th 2011, Rhode Island’s Govenor Chaffee and Providence Mayor Tavares unveiled the “Independence Trail.” This three mile, downtown Providence trail will “feature 75 sites ranging from a place where George Washington slept to a statue of Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, whose distinctive facial hair coined the word ‘sideburns.'” (wpri.com)
First, let me share my thoughts on having streetcars in Providence. The short story is I support them. Let’s say, for the sake of having a number, that the Core Connector built out as streetcars will cost $80 million¹. Certainly, a lot could be done for $80 million. But the Core Connector is not simply the school bus for Brown that people² are so flippant to say.
I view the Core Connector in large part as a marketing scheme for RIPTA and the City of Providence. Many people who’ve never ridden a bus will ride the streetcars. If RIPTA builds it and runs it properly, with reasonable fares, frequent service, well trained operators, ease of use, etc., it will be a great introduction to mass transit for these new users. Then when RIPTA makes the case for funding, as they will always need to do, the chorus of haters will be tempered. It is also a strong stake in the ground wherein RIPTA and the state leadership are saying they believe in public transit in Rhode Island and are willing to lay out a pile of money and steel rails in the ground to back that up.
For the city, having a streetcar line is a marketing dream. The shiny photos of happy people riding the rails are a brochure makers dream. They’ll be plastered all over the city’s and the convention center’s websites (and this website). It is a strong message for economic developers to send to companies looking to relocate here. ‘Look at us, we have a strong commuter rail line tied to a streetcar line and excellent bus service. Come here, your employees will love it!’
And plus that, we get a streetcar line connecting the two largest employment areas in the state with the train station and Downcity. In addition to serving existing riders and institutions, our proposed routing will help spur development in the Route 195 land, one of the best areas of development opportunity on the East Coast.
Could we save some money and put some rubber wheels on the road and call it a Core Connector? Sure, but we would not get anywhere near the bang for the buck that streetcars will provide. I think it is a worthy investment for our city and our state.
Now, onto where I think said streetcar should go and what service I think could supplement it.
The city is having fireworks on the waterfront again this year. If it is anything like last year, I suggest get there early and don’t even think of parking near India Point Park. During the fireworks display last year, traffic actually stopped on the Iway bridge to watch.
So park on the street somewhere on the East Side or the Jewelry District and walk to India Point. The best way is to walk over the footbridge at East Street.
For a little taste of last year, here’s a video I took of the fireworks from Community Boating Center:
Speaking of Community Boating, if you can get there early, consider taking them up on their offer to go for a sailboat ride before the fireworks and/or enjoy the front-row view from the boathouse deck.
November 1912. Central Falls, Rhode Island. View of privies, garbage dumps, etc., in back yards near Bed-bug Alley and High Street. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the Child Welfare Exhibit of 1912-13. via: Shorpy.com
A reader sent me some links from a site I hadn’t heard of, Shorpy.com. Shorpy.com describes itself as, “History in HD is a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.”
All of the photos on the site are interesting, and there are some from Rhode Island. Though these are not your typical photos of a hazy glorified yesteryear. In fact, most of these photos highlight child labor in the mills of Rhode Island around the turn of the last century. Something that we don’t look back on very often.
- Providence, November 1912
- Providence, November 23, 1912
- 70 Borden Street, Providence, November 1912
- Republican Street, Providence, November 23, 1912
- Coventry, April 16, 1909
- Spruce Street, Providence, November 1912
- Whitman Street dump, Pawtucket, November 1912
- Naval Training Station, Newport, c. 1913
- Fiskeville, April 1909
- Warren, June 10, 1909
- Quidwick Co. Mill, April 1909
- Whitman Street dump, Pawtucket, November 1912
- Newport, 1902
- Naval Training Station, Newport, 1913
- Newport, 1902
- Newport, 1901
- Phenix, April 1909