City Administrative Center

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

ProJo reports on plans by the city to consolidate Municipal offices into one City Administrative Center. The city currently has some agencies spread out in leased space across the city. This causes confusion for residents seeking services and forces city employees to wander all over town to attend inter-departmental meetings. The city is seeking between 50,000 and 80,000 square feet …

Well, it doesn’t say sidewalk maintenance

In Snow by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Walking up Eddy Street this afternoon… No, wait, it gets better. See that red sign… So D. Heywood is using the pile of snow they pushed onto the sidewalk to advertise their parking lot services? Is someone trying to make my brain esplode? Am I being punk’d? The good news is, this parking lot is a medical building, so when …

PBS in February: “Beyond The Motor City”

In Transportation by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City examines how Detroit, a symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America. The film debuts nationally on PBS on February 8 at 10 pm (check local listings). Detroit is the crucible in which the nation’s ability to move toward a modern 21st …

REBOOT: College Hill Transit Sub-Hub Part 2

In Metro Transit Study, Reboot, Transportation by Jef Nickerson17 Comments

Tunnel portal at Thayer Street. Photo by Jef Nickerson. REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them. Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either …

Free holiday parking FAIL

In Downcity, Transportation by Greater City Providence4 Comments

This report from Channel 10 is from before Christmas, but it is worth taking a look at. What do you think the city’s holiday parking policy should be, should there even be a holiday parking policy?

Building Brown

In Colleges/Universities, Metro Transit Study, Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

ProJo takes a look at Brown’s scaled back development plans for Providence. Let’s take a closer look at the actual projects. Creative Arts Center Rendering view from Olive Street, from Building Brown Officially known as the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, the arts center is being built between the Brown Office Building and the Brown Walk …

A Christmas Miracle!

In RIPTA, Snow by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Walking Downcity today to pick up the rental car I found a Christmas Miracle. CLEAR SIDEWALKS(-ish)! That is Garibaldi Park at the Arch on Atwells and that is a clear sidewalk. When I was ranting on Tuesday, this was not clear. So sometime between Tuesday afternoon and this morning, it was cleared. Hallelujah! Can I get an Amen!? Now for …

About that changed bus stop ad…

In RIPTA, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

In my rant I pointed out that the ad in the bus shelter on Atwells at the arch had changed from Sunday to today. Sunday: Today: Different ad. Back in January, Bret asked RIPTA who is responsible for snow removal from the shelters. The answer: Lamar Advertising owns and maintains THEIR bus shelters which are clearly marked with their name …

“Where’s the sidewalk rant?” You ask.

In Roads, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson16 Comments

Here it is! First of all, I’ll say that sidewalks on Atwells are better this year than in previous years. Saying that however is not saying very much. For example, I had to help push a woman in an electric wheelchair out of the snow and back on to the sidewalk. I don’t know where she was heading or if …

This & That

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Hot, Hot, Hot I went to the mall today and walked across the skybridge. It was easily 110° in there. I forget, is the skybridge at all climate controlled? It was so hot I was halfway across and started to wonder if I’d make it to the other side. It was so hot that I did not use it on …

Better Renderings of proposed New Pawtucket River Bridge

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson22 Comments

Earlier in the month I posted about the release of designs for the proposed New Pawtucket River Bridge on Route 95. At the time I was only able to track down the teeny tiny little image posted with the PBN article on it. Well, while looking on the RIDOT site for something else, I came across a page with better …

You can get there from here?

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Could the Providence-Newport Ferry rise from the dead and return to service this summer? RIPTA is hoping to make it work. As the Journal reports, RIPTA has issued two RFPs. One asks ferry companies to bid for a no-subsidy service. Likely this would be fewer trips and a shorter season than we are used to. The other RFP asks ferry …

$1.3 Billion for Amtrak

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Providence Station platform | Photo by dpriddy from Flickr Boston.com reports that Vice President Biden (VP Amtrak as I like to call him) announced today, a $1.3 billion investment of stimulus funds for Amtrak. Biden said every passenger rail system in the world relies on subsidies, as do airports and highways, and that for too long Amtrak has been starved …

Better RIPTA maps

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

I was looking up a RIPTA route online today and I found the above map on the page for the Route 31 schedule. As you can see, this is an actual geographically accurate map, you can see where the stops are in the real world. Not the annoying line maps they had before: Thank Jeebus! I all the time had …

Transit Cuts Across the Nation

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz2 Comments

Photo by Urban from stock.xchng There’s a must read NY Times article titled “Downturn Forces Transit Cuts as Ridership Grows” detailing what we all know to be true – that a society that’s using and desiring more mass transit as the economy worsens is hitting a funding wall. The piece describes the amazing cuts proposed for St. Louis’ system (a …

Bus Shelter Snow Shoveling Answer

In RIPTA, Snow, Transportation by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

Mary Ann Barbary from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority generously answered a question I emailed her about a topic that came up several weeks ago here on the Greater City Providence… When it snows, who is responsible for shoveling the bus shelters? Here is the answer: Lamar Advertising owns and maintains THEIR bus shelters which are clearly marked with …