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Rendering of planned bus lanes through Kennedy Plaza

The Providence Journal: Downtown Providence property owners sue over busing plans

In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court Monday, the plaintiffs — including two entities controlled by former Mayor Joseph Paolino — argue that a bus hub at the Providence Train Station and dedicated bus corridor being built through Kennedy Plaza could erode their quality of life and depress property values.

“The Kennedy Plaza Project and specifically the re-routing of the bus routes, alteration of bus stops and alteration of traffic patterns on Fulton Street and Washington Street stands to cause property damage, property devaluation, inconvenience, annoyance and an interference with the Plaintiffs’ quiet enjoyment of their Properties,” the lawsuit says.

Maybe don’t buy property on Kennedy Plaza if you’re looking for quiet…

WPRI: Group seeks donations to appeal zoning change for Hope Point Tower

Opponents of a 46-story skyscraper that has been proposed on the former I-195 land are seeking to raise at least $50,000 to cover the legal fees that would be needed to file a court appeal of the Providence City Council’s decision to approve a zoning change for the project’s developer.

In the email, Steele said her organization has been working with the Providence Preservation Society to consider next steps. She said their two options include appealing the council’s decision in court or “call[ing] Fane’s bluff by allowing the I-195 Commission’s deadlines to kick in & watch him crash & burn.”

ecoRI News: R.I. Needs Vision that Connects Climate Change and Transportation Infrastructure

While Rhode Island is moving toward decarbonization of electricity under the Raimondo administration, there has been far less attention to decarbonization of the largest source of emissions in the United States: transportation.

Rhode Island has deployed three electric buses and is planning a rapid transit route in downtown Providence, but far more action needs to be taken. The task of decarbonizing transportation is huge, but some tasks and approaches are easier and more impactful than others.

Due to the historical built environment in the inner core of the Providence metro area, investments in bike, pedestrian, and mass transit infrastructure could be among the most effective means to rapidly reduce transportation emissions.

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.


  • Agreed, its a city, there are buses. Would love to see that Transit Hub finally moved forward.

  • This is my frustration with the current political system. You can tick all the legal boxes and have all the public hearings. It means fuck all when someone with the money and legal resources decides that they don’t want it. Maybe the city, RIPTA and RIDOT will show courage here but we all know in matters affecting transit, that usually does not happen.

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