Greater City Providence

Dunk 2.0

September 5th, I went to the Press Event for the re-opening of the Dunkin Donuts Center. Today I finally had the opportunity to download my photos:

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

1 comment

  • I really want to get that DD font for my computer..

    Unlike some people — a lot of people, it seems to me — I don’t mind the name, or the nickname (‘Dunk’). I don’t think it’s embarrassing at all for us, as a city or a state. I think it’s truthful, for starters. (There are some 55 DD’s in Providence alone.) It’s got a kind of gritty, down-home, but rather upbeat character to it, like a corner tap.

    It tells visitors, whatever you think of us or our town, this is our place, and you’re here. Relax, kick back, and have a Gansett, neighbour. It’s nice to have one major destination venue that doesn’t look and sound like it got rolled in by some Madison Avenue marketing firm, ready to flatbed out of town at the first light of dawn. A place that really does reflect the native character, warts and all, that’s a great place to see a Disney show or a college hockey tournament.

    And let’s not forget the money! While Le Dunque may not return fully on its own direct investments, it draws a hell of a lot of transient investment in the Downcity economy. The parking expenses alone must be worth a couple or three RIPTA buses, over the course of a year. So unless the return is an order of magnitude short on operating and capital costs, I’ll still consider it a success.

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