Rumor: tree removal?

In Environment, Government, Rumor by Greater City Providence

July 6, 2011 – 2pm: We are pulling this story for 24 hours. Waiting on a response from the city. In 2004, the City passed a regulation in its Zoning Ordinance (Sec. 425.1, “Removal of Significant Trees”) that protects trees that are 32 inches in diameter or greater (measured 4.5 feet above the ground), regardless of location. No “Significant Tree” …

Now them’s what I call street trees

In Colleges/Universities, Environment by Jef Nickerson11 Comments

Now when someone is required to plant street trees, this is what I want to see. Those are all brand new trees on the left outside the soon to open Brown Medical School in the Jewelry District. Not only are there numerous large new trees here, the parking lane has been removed to widen the sidewalk! I’m pretty sure these …

Fine Art of Recycling

In Arts, Environment by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

In June, the top 10 artists/art associations will begin to put their creative imprints on ten refrigerators that will be placed throughout Downtown Providence for the summer months of 2011. National Grid has developed this “cool idea” to raise awareness of energy efficiency and recycling and to support local culture and the arts.


In Environment, Featured by Jef Nickerson35 Comments

Reader submitted photo Yesterday we were getting reader reports that mature trees where being torn down at Riverview Plaza on Pitman Street (where Eastside Marketplace is located). After a bit of confusion and reports from people in the area, we received photographs from a reader showing that the trees in question were removed from the driveway nearest the Boston Sports …

Bigger than Rhode Island

In Environment by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

This has been all over the interwebs this week, so I’m playing along: This Google Earth tool allows you to lay the oil spill* over a familiar piece of the Earth to allow you to grasp the size of the spill. Here we see, it is bigger than Rhode Island. * Notice how I can just say, “the oil spill.” …

Seeking a solution

In Development, Environment by Jef Nickerson33 Comments

Video from WJAR-TV Providence, extended footage at WCVB-TV Boston In the media we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about solutions to these flooding issues. People in areas prone to flooding wanting solutions from the government, etc. The fact is, there isn’t really a solution. If the Pawtuxet or other rivers want to leave their banks, they will. But that …