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Providence Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – November 6, 2017

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Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Meeting Minutes of June 12th, July 10th, August 7th, September 11th and October 2, 2017 Old Business 1. DRC Application No. 17.40: Washington Place (Providence Washington Insurance Company Building) – Proposal by the Rhode Island School of Design to construct a new one-story addition on the Steeple Street (north) elevation, and to conduct …

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Barry Schiller: It’s time to re-assess that proposed train station bus hub

In RIPTA, Transportation by Barry Schiller22 Comments

Do you remember that in 2014 Rhode Islanders approved a vaguely worded $35 million bus hub transit bond? However, at this point, with that much money at stake, I think our state should re-examine the need for the proposed Providence train station area bus hub. A news report indicated no Boston area developers were interested in leveraging the voter-approved bond …

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – October 18, 2017

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Agenda Roll Call Approval of September 2017 Meeting Minutes (For Action) Canal Street Improvements – College Hill, Downtown – Ward 12 (For Action) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has presented plans to the City for improvements to Canal Street between Smith Street and Washington Street. These plans resulted from the Canal Street Road Safety Assessment previously reviewed by …

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CNNtech: How Seattle morphed from bikeshare failure to industry leader in five months

In Bicycles by Greater City Providence4 Comments

Cyclists riding on a cycletrack in Downtown Seattle. Photo Seattle Department of Transportation Fewer than five months ago, Seattle shut down its struggling municipal bikeshare system that had been propped up with taxpayer dollars. But in the last month, three innovative bikeshare companies have launched in the city, quickly eclipsing the past failure. There are more bikes available, and more …

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WPRI: Bike-share service coming to Providence

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Image from Social Bicycles’ blog City Councilman Bryan Principe, who represents Ward 13, will introduce a resolution at Tuesday’s council meeting that would authorize the Elorza administration to enter into a five-year $400,000 contract with Social Bicycles, a well-known company that will oversee the “implementation, management, and operation” of the bike-share service. […] The bikes will be located at 40 …

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Providence Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – October 2, 2017

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Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Meeting Minutes of June 12, 2017, July 10, 2017, August 7, 2017 and September 11, 2017 New Business 1. DRC Application No. 17.38: 259 Weybosset Street (Commercial Structure) – Proposal by Weybosset, LLC to modify the existing storefronts and to create new window openings on the Snow Street (west) elevation. 2. DRC Application …

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Mayor Elorza vetos City Council Resolution regarding bike lanes

In Bicycles by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Mayor Elorza speaking at ribbon-cutting of Fountain Street bike lane in November 2016 Last week the Providence City Council passed a Resolution calling for, “full traffic impact and economic impact studies prior to deciding whether to construct new bicycle lanes.” Bicycle and transportation advocates, along with the Mayor and at least 5 members of the Council hold that these studies …

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What the Amazon Headquarters Beauty Contest can teach us about Economic Development

In Development by Seth Zeren10 Comments

The economic development world is all abuzz with last week’s news that Amazon is courting cities for a second headquarters that will match their current, in Seattle, with 50,000 employees and over 8 million square feet of office space. To no one’s surprise, the State of Rhode Island has declared its intention to submit a proposal to lure Amazon’s new …

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RIPTA open house on proposed Downtown Providence service changes – September 11, 2017

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Kennedy Plaza, Image from RIPTA. Press Release from RIPTA: RIPTA to Hold Open House to Discuss Future Changes to Improve Downtown Providence Bus Service The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is considering changes to improve bus service in downtown Providence and is inviting the public to provide input. Future service changes are being planned in order to maximize opportunities …

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PBN: The state’s 2012 bet on commuter-rail service has yet to pay off. Is it time to privatize?

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson18 Comments

Wickford Junction Station, image from RIDOT. “We started a few months ago, doing a deep dive looking into what the MBTA can do, what it can’t do and why,” [RIDOT Director Peter] Alviti said. “Peak periods [are] quite a challenge for them to be able to give us more frequency during rush hours.” The constriction relates to the design of …

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R.I. economy needs investment in modern and efficient transportation infrastructure

In Transportation by Liam Blank23 Comments

Train Station at T.F. Green Airport, photo from RIDOT Last week, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that, from July through the end of the year, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail service will be free for people traveling within the state. The intention of the pilot program is to attract new riders who, in theory, will then …

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Kennedy Plaza/Downtown Transit Connector Public Meeting – May 9, 2017

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Please join the City of Providence and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority for an update on the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) – a planned, high-frequency transit corridor in downtown Providence – and an opportunity to provide further input on the redesign of Kennedy Plaza. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Joseph Doorley Municipal Building (first floor), 444 Westminster Street, Providence.

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Jane’s Walk – May 5-7, 2017

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Get to know some of Providence’s hidden treasures during Jane’s Walk, a global festival on the first weekend in May! Inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk promotes urban literacy by encouraging people to get out and explore their neighborhoods.