Greater City Providence

News & Notes

Georgetown’s ‘Social Safeway’ is a monument to changing supermarket architecture [The Washington Post]
New grocery store is built on the second floor, with street level retail screening a parking garage.

Foreclosures point to waning of the suburban era, study says [New Urban News]
Development is shifting to cities more strongly than most Americans realize, a new book asserts.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia [TED Talk]

DOT, HUD team up on joint funding for coordinated housing and transportation planning [FastLane USDOT Blog]

PennDesign Studio’s $100,000,000,000 NEC High Speed Rail Plan [PennDesign]

(Connecticut) State shifting focus to mass transit [The Connecticut Mirror]

Think gas is too pricey? Think again. [The Washington Post]

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  • Having lived in DC for many years, I remember the Social Safeway. It wasn’t my local supermarket but I knew quite a few people who “shopped” there. Shopping was always a secondary activity.

    This is somewhat dated blogpost. I believe it was designed to be LEED certified.

    Some good video from the “grand opening” gala from Fox news. A couple of outside shots of the store about a minute into it. If only Providence could get this excited about an urban grocery store!

  • I still say the University Marketplace on N. Main could have contributed a lot more to the urban fabric connecting Benefit and Olney to N. Main and Doyle with a vision such as this the Safeway story. Bring the businesses to street level and hosting a rooftop garage would have been great!

  • Dan, your link wasn’t working. I found the video and embedded it in your post.

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