Greater City Providence

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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 the way out of the mall.

Spinnie sign

The new CVS in the mall has a wicked sweet rotating space agey sign at the top of the stairs at the mall end of the skybridge. Why I didn’t whip out my video camera and take a little video of it, I do not know (why do you even have a video camera?). It is so fun though, sadly it is inside. 🙁

Love that dirty water

Leaving the mall I walked through Waterplace and there was a crew surveying in the river. Are they finally going to dredge it? Where did we get the money? Stimulus? I hope dredging is happening, the water there is so skank.

Coming eventually?

Ardeo restaurant in the old Rafael’s space in Union Station Plaza has been “coming soon” forever. Anyone know what’s up? They are based on the Cape and my sister tells me the Hyannis location is one of her favorite restaurants, so I was looking forward to trying it. Hope they aren’t a recession victim.

I ♥ RI

Easily one of the top 5 best things about living in RI is small lemon Del’s on an 80+ degree day. Even better when the Del’s guy is absolutely thrilled about the weather and happy as a clam. Has to be a small though. The larges are too big, don’t try it. You get too much melting then the juice to ice ratio gets all screwy.

I go simple, I go easy, I go…*


Image from Wikipedia

Has anyone else noticed the new livery for Greyhound buses. I think it’s sexy, nice retro look. I tried to snap a pic in Kennedy Plaza but it came out crap so I grabbed the one above from Wikipedia. Greyhound is very proud of them with a press release and everything, they gotz WiFi now.

Hairz cut

Unpaid ad for Jen at Extreme Cuts on Westminster Street in the Financial District. Love her. Need a cut? Stop in.

* Reference? Anyone? Am I too old?

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.


  • I go simple, I go easy, I go in my own damn car. Hmm… that’s not right is it?

    Ooh, ooh, I know, I go GREYHOUND!


    I’m with you on the Del’s small… totally right about the slush to liquid ratio issue with the melt…

    Thanks for the PVD at a glance here… I don’t even have to miss it with you to read. 🙂

  • I think the Waterplace dredging is actually a Transportation Enhancement Project, funded through DOT.

  • 1) Del’s + vodka = summer
    2) Old. “Leave the driving to us.”
    3) Greyhound has freakin wifi and Amtrak – ACELA – doesn’t have wifi. How pathetic is that? Yo mama’s gonna have free wifi before Amtrak does.

  • That skybridge is disgusting. I used it a lot when I lived on Federal Hill. Even when the AC is going, it has a funny stench to it. But when it’s not going, it’s like walking through a nasty locker room. I don’t know why they can’t ever get it just right in there. It can’t be that difficult.

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