Greater City Providence

Or you could put it this way…

Headline from WPRI: Developers break ground on Pawtucket LA Fitness club

or, you could say, “Developers break ground on Providence surface parking lot.” Yay! WOOHOO! As Mayor Grebien said, “Today is a terrific day for both our cities.”

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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.


  • The parking tax, if implemented, really should have concentric rings of levels based on how close (and how frequent) transit is. N. Main, as the major transit corridor for the R-Line, really should get the highest level of parking tax, although I think it could be fair to kick it in a little at a time over several years.

    Because I propose that the parking tax should be returned to adjacent properties as tax reductions, the initial set up could also be set to net-zero for taxes for any given building, with that amount of tax they pay for the building part going down and the parking lot going up. A business could choose to keep the same arrangement, but as other businesses optimized their tax situation, the spread would change, and their taxes would go up.

    Email the mayor:

  • No Mr Mayor. We don’t want more traffic. We want a street that encourages walking and biking. We want a street that leverages its bus service. So your giant parking lot and its supposed tax revenue can sod off!

  • Break ground? They broke ground *months* ago; the walls have been up for a couple of weeks already.

  • Wait, what? The Providence neighborhood is one of the wealthiest areas in the state, and the adjoining Pawtucket neighborhoods are well-off by the standards of that city. These are the areas in need of transformation?

  • Ditto, mp775. Old news. I think WPRI is responding to Mayors Elorza and Grebien doing their presser there yesterday.

    SGH: True, well-off neighborhoods are very close. Which is why LA Fitness chose the site. They’re an upscale gym and they’re not selecting a North Main property just to brigthen up the immediate couple of blocks. They see a customer base who wouldn’t go to Gold’s Gym or the Y.

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