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ecoRI News: Transit Advocates Rally Support for Question 6

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At a Monday morning press conference at the decaying Amtrak Station Public Plaza, civic, business and labor leaders joined voices supporting Question 6, a $35 million transit bond on the Nov. 4 ballot that they consider critical to Rhode Island’s economic health.

By connecting downtown with regional and national transportation lines and making systems more attractive and useable, proponents are banking on trends that show that efficient, effective and reliable public transportation is used by increasingly larger segments of the population. It also improves air quality, cuts carbon emissions and reduces congestion.

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Red Sox World Series trophy coming to Providence

red-soxMayor Taveras’ office announced today a celebration of the Red Sox’ World Series Championship in Providence on Wednesday, November 20th.

The World Series Trophy will be on display at the Rhode Island Convention, a rally will take place at 3:30pm. From 4pm to 7pm the public will be invited to have their photo taken with the trophy. Photo opportunities are first-come, first-served.

The events are free and hosted by Mayor Angel Taveras, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Red Sox Rally and photo opportunity with Red Sox World Series Championship Trophy
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 3:30pm-7pm
Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI
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News & Notes

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McMansion outside Chicago. Photo (cc) ChicagoGeek

The Atlantic Cities: Have Americans Given Up On McMansions?

After many years of dramatically increasing home size in America – from an average of 983 square feet in the 1950s up to 2300 square feet in the 2000s, despite declining household sizes – the trend appears finally to be going in the other direction. The real estate research firm Trulia found in 2010, for example, that the median “ideal home size” for Americans had declined to around 2100 square feet. More than one-third of survey respondents reported that their ideal preference was lower than 2000 square feet.


The Boston Phoenix: The Fight Against MBTA Service Cuts and Fare Hikes Gets Ugly

The latest theater in the war against MBTA fare hikes and service cuts opened Monday with a bang on every corner of the train map. Occupy Somerville forces rallied in Davis Square. Their Jamaica Plain and Dorchester counterparts gathered at Forest Hills and Fields Corner, respectively, to sound alarms about troubling proposals. Leading the pack, a group of loud and determined teens with the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition joined hundreds from the T Riders Union (TRU) and other activist outfits for a mass rally on Copley Square outside the Boston Public Library, where the MBTA planned a bombshell public meeting for 6pm on Monday night.


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State House Rally for RIPTA, August 17

RIPTA Protest Signs

Image from Save RIPTA

RIPTA Riders will be holding a rally at the State House in Providence next Wednesday August 17th. We want to let Smith Hill know: Rhode Island cannot afford to cut bus service.

The rally will begin at 1:30 PM. We plan to arrive by bus (Smith St. side, on #56/57 bus) at 1:30pm Wed Aug. 17th. Let your politicians know that you stand up for bus service in Rhode Island.

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RIPTA Riders Rally, Aug 1

RIPTA Riders

Monday, August 1 • 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Kennedy Plaza in front of Providence City Hall

Join fellow Rhode Island citizens outraged by the service cuts that have been proposed for the state’s public transit system as we come together to protest the proposals outside Providence City Hall at 1:30. Hear RIPTA riders and transit advocates make the case for saving public transportation.

Afterward (2:00 at URI’s Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street), take the message to the public hearing that is being held to gather public input on the reductions.

If the cuts go forward as planned, 39 routes will suffer reductions in service, and 8 routes face elimination entirely. These are the most drastic cuts ever proposed to Rhode Island’s transit system. This loss of service will be a terrible burden to our economy and an even greater hardship for RI’s most vulnerable communities.

For the economy, for social justice, for the environment or public health, for whatever reason you value RIPTA come out and show your support. They need it.

There is also a Service Reduction Hearing at URI’s Providence Campus at 6pm, for those who cannot make a mid-day hearing.

Event on Facebook.

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Rally for Grove Street School (Sept. 11)


Channel 10 video from February 2007.

Grove Street School
Community Rally

Saturday, September 11th – 10:00am
Grove Street School, 95 Grove Street

Come learn the history of this school and how you can help save this endangered historic building. Bring your camera and camera phones to take photos for SeeClickFix.

Sponsored by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association and the Providence Preservation Society.

You may recall, because I keep bringing it up, that Federal Hill resident, Assistant City Solicitor, and candidate to succeed Steven Costantino in the General Assembly, Michael Tarro and his family own this building, and Mr. Tarro has repeatedly ignored all court rullings, right up to the state Supreme Court, ordering that the building be fixed.

Assistant City Solicitor Illegal tore down building Breaks laws in the city he is paid to be an Assistant Solicitor in Ignores court orders to fix said building Wants to be a lawmaker

Grove Street School
Feb. 4, 2007

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Grove Street School
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