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2014 Providence Cyclovía series starts this weekend on Broad Street

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Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook page

Providence will have 3 cyclovía events this year, the first takes place this Sunday on Broad Street in South Providence. Details from the City:


Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise, and socialize. The event is sponsored by Mayor Taveras in collaboration with the City’s Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

“Cyclovía provides Providence residents with a safe and fun environment that promotes cycling, walking and community interaction – all elements of a healthy, balanced lifestyle,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Residents from across the city will have the opportunity to enjoy their neighborhoods and to experience the great things that Providence has to offer.”

Providence held its first-ever Cyclovía in September 2012 on Broad Street. In 2013, the City of Providence expanded Cyclovías to Valley Street in Olneyville and Hope Street on the East Side.

2014 Cyclovía Providence Series

  • Sunday, June 29 • 12-4pm
    Elmwood: Broad Street (Thurbers Ave. – Prairie Ave.)
  • Sunday, July 27 • 12-4pm
    Federal Hill: Broadway (Dean St. – Courtland St.)
  • Sunday, September 7 • 12-4pm
    East Side: Hope Street (Lippitt Park/9th Ave – Rochambeau Ave.)
Full disclosure: I am a member of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.
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RIPTA R-Line Schedules Posted

r-line-002RIPTA’s new R-Line rapid bus service will replace and combine the current Route 99 service North Main – Pawtucket and 11 Broad Street services. The new service is set to launch on June 21st and RIPTA has published the schedules for the new service.

One notable service change is that North Main service will run via Providence Station, providing direct services between the station and Kennedy Plaza and serving communities along North Main Street to Pawtucket and south along Broad Street to the Cranston line.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – November 20, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development
1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from October 16th 2012 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

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1. Case No. 12-047MI – Preliminary Plan Approval for creation of new lots from the abandoned portions of Brown and Benevolent Street The applicant, Brown University, received approval for abandonment of the portion of Benevolent Street between Brown Street and Magee Street and abandonment of Brown Street between Charlesfield and George Streets. The applicant is requesting that new lots be created for both abandonment areas – for action (College Hill)

2. Case No. 12–048MI – Preliminary Plan Approval for creation of new lot from the abandoned portion of Olive Street The applicant, Brown University, received approval for abandonment of the portion of Olive Street between Brown and Thayer Street. The applicant is requesting that a new lot be created for the abandonment area – for action (College Hill)

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Providence receives HUD grant to improve transit on high ridership bus routes

Broad Street

Image from Google Street View

Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Project

The City of Providence has been awarded a Community Planning Challenge Grant through HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities to conduct the Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities study. The project will focus on the highest ridership bus routes in the city– Broad Street, Chalkstone Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Manton Avenue, and North Main Street. Over the next 18 months, the City and RIPTA will be working together to conduct corridor studies to improve transit service, enhance bus stops and other pedestrian amenities, and encourage the development of mixed-income housing and opportunities for jobs and the arts near transit. Once the corridor studies are complete, the City will update and revise the Providence Zoning Ordinance so that it will be an effective tool to implement the corridor plans and the City’s overall livability and sustainability goals.

Project Goals

  • Provide frequent, reliable transit service.
  • Improve access to employment centers, arts and cultural opportunities, and healthy food choices.
  • Encourage development that is concentrated around transit stops and offers a range of housing choices serving a variety of household types and income levels.
  • Encourage the creation of community hubs, unique to the character of the neighborhoods where they are located.

More information at ProvidenceRI.com

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City Plan Commission Meeting, December 20

City Plan Commission

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development
1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence

OPENING SESSION

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of meeting minutes from November 15th, 2011 – for action
  • Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2012 calendar year – for action
  • Director’s Report – Discussion of CPC meeting schedule for hearing and approving the revised Comprehensive Plan and for considering changes to zoning for Downtown and the I-195 surplus land

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

1. Comprehensive Plan Update
Complete review of changes to Providence Tomorrow: The Interim Comprehensive Plan – for discussion and scheduling of public hearing.

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cityWALK

cityWALK

cityWALK is an initiative to encourage, promote, cajole, wheedle, drive and, ultimately ensure a pedestrian- and bike-friendly path through the new development area under the old I-195. As the planning and discussing go on, it has developed into a well thought-out plan that links Fox Point across the Pedestrian Bridge through the Jewelry District over I-95 and on via Elmwood to Roger Williams Park.

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Download and read the cityWALK (.pdf (1.4 MB)) plan.

Thoughts? The City has a similar concept in mind utilizing Friendship Street rather than Clifford Street and perhaps making it’s way to Prairie Avenue to reach CCRI and the Hosptials. The City plan does not plan the system all the way from Roger Williams Park to India Point Park.

This would be a very thin linear greenway, in many areas simply a wide sidewalk with trees. What types of interventions and amenities would be good to go with a system like this?

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RIDOT to install “HAWK Signal” pedestrian crossing in South Providence

RIDOT annoounced today that they will be installing the state’s first “HAWK Signal” pedestrian crossing on Elmwood Avenue.

The HAWK signal, or beacon (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) was developed by traffic engineers in Tuscon, Arizon in 2009. The video below shows a HAWK Signal in action in Tuson:

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City Plan Commission Meeting, June 21

City Plan Commission

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011, – 4:45 PM
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 from May 17th, 2011 – for action

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation of proposed updates to Providence Tomorrow: The Interim Comprehensive Plan based on the results of neighborhood charrettes and public input – for discussion

MINOR SUBDIVISION

2. Case No. 11-017MI – 351 Harris Avenue Minor subdivision to create three lots, measuring approximately 183,884 SF, 45,943 SF and 56,951 SF out of a lot measuring approximately 287,030 SF – for action (AP 27 Lot 23, Valley)

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Proposed route for the Core Connector identified

The city and RIPTA have identified the West Route as the preferred Core Connector (aka Streetcar) route after public meetings and consultations with neighborhood groups and area businesses and institutions.


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A potential new transit route through Providence’s downtown core has been identified, connecting the Hospital District in Upper South Providence with Downtown and College Hill. Both streetcar and enhanced bus transit are now being studied as future modes of service along this route.

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City Plan Commission Meeting, March 15

City Plan Commission

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011, – 4:45 PM
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 from February 15th 2011 – for action

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW
1. Comprehensive Plan Update
Presentation of first group of proposed updates to Providence Tomorrow: The Interim Comprehensive Plan based on the results of neighborhood charrettes and public input – for discussion.

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News & Notes: Local Edition

EastBayRI.com: American Tourister factory up for sale

WARREN – The sprawling Warren Manufacturing property, which covers 14 acres of prime waterfront land in the north end, is for sale.

MMF Realty, which owns the so-called American Tourister site and operates Monarch Industries there, is working with Boston-based Realtor Grubb and Ellis to find a buyer or lessee willing and able to take over the property. It was listed for sale last Friday on loopnet.com, a commercial real estate site, and though it’s been less than a week since it went on the market, broker Anthony Caner, said there’s already a buzz.


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Center for the New Economy

Yesterday, the ProJo reported on the OIC of Rhode Island’s move to 175 Broad Street. We’ve received the following press release from the OIC which further explains their plans:

THE OIC OF RHODE ISLAND TO OPEN
THE CENTER FOR THE NEW ECONOMY

BUILDING ON BROAD STREET TO SERVE AS HUB FOR EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR UNDERSERVED URBAN COMMUNITIES

February 18, 2011 (Providence, RI) – The OIC of Rhode Island announced its plans to relocate to 175 Broad Street, the former Boy Scout building, effective March 1, 2011. The building will be named “The Center for the New Economy,”

and it will house the OIC operations, as well as its education, training and minority business development services in support of the State and City of Providence’s strategic economic development initiatives.

The OIC reconstituted in November 2009 in response to the adverse impact the economy has had on the underserved urban communities of Rhode Island. In less than two years, it has developed a series of “green” training and economic development programs with the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island.
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City Plan Commission Meeting, Dec. 14

City Plan Commission

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 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 from November 16th, 2010 – for action
  • Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2011 calendar year – for action

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. Downtown Plan
Presentation of the final version of the Downtown Plan by DPD staff. – for action (Downtown)

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL

2. Referral 3334 – Abandonment of a portion of Frank Street
Petition to abandon approximately 243 feet of the easterly portion of Frank Street that runs between Plain Street and Beacon Avenue. – for action (Upper South Providence)

MINOR SUBDIVISION

3. Case No. 10-040 MI – 104 Barrows Street (Preliminary Plan Approval)
Subdivision of existing nonconforming lot with two dwelling units measuring 5,918 SF into two lots measuring 2,959 SF each. The applicant intends to create two lots with a single structure on each lot. – for action (AP 108 Lot 123, Silver Lake)

PUBLIC FORUM ON PROVIDENCE CORE CONNECTOR STUDY

4. Presentation of Providence Core Connector Study
Presentation of an overview of the Providence Core Connector Study project, detailing potential modes of transport (streetcar, bus) alignments and potential routes. Public comment will be taken. – for discussion

ADJOURNMENT

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Free holiday parking starts Nov. 26

December 2009 Blizzard

City of Providence Press Release:

Shoppers offered two hours of free parking to make it easier for people to Buy Providence this holiday season

PROVIDENCE – Holiday shoppers will be able to park two hours for free in designated commercial districts throughout Providence beginning Friday, November 26th. Mayor David N. Cicilline kicked off the annual parking program to help boost the local economy by making it easier for shoppers to Buy Providence this holiday season.

Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10am until 6pm beginning Friday, November 26th through Wednesday, January 1, 2011 in the following commercial districts:

  • Downtown Providence bounded by Steeple Street, west to route 95; 95 south to 195; 195 east to Point Street; Point Street to Wickenden Street; north on South Main to North Main Street at Steeple Street (exclusive of the court district)
  • Broad Street – Public to Montgomery Street
  • Atwells – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine to Atwood to Magnolia Streets
  • South Main Street – Wickenden Street to Packet Street
  • Wayland Square – East Angel/Angel to Gano Street. Wayland from Angel to Pitman Streets
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau to Blackstone Boulevard
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden at Benefit to Ives at Preston Street
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Streets

The holiday parking program is designed for shoppers patronizing local businesses. The two hour parking limit will be strictly enforced by parking enforcement officers. Cars parked illegally in prohibited areas including cross walks and tow zones will be ticketed during this period.

It is good to know that cars parked in crosswalks will be ticketed during the holidays at least, it would be nice if that happened year-round. /sarcasm

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