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No Tax Dollars For Stadium

“We have to come to our senses and stop signing these deals.” John Oliver’s takedown of America’s publicly-funded stadium scam has been viewed over 7,000,000 times since 2015, and yet not one member of the Providence Journal editorial board seems to have had the time.

Lewis Black At PPAC

(2.3) This picture calms me. Tickets are still available for the Lewis Black “Rant, White, & Blue” tour Friday night at PPAC. Black discussed recent events with Stephen Colbert. (Daily Beast) “I did a lot of hallucinogens when I was younger in order to prepare

New Awning Idea (S = k. log W) Entropy

Sorry folks, but the bangle bubble has burst. Maybe Alex & Ani CEO Carolyn Rafaelian can have thermodynamic states (as relates to gas) explained to her by her real live “vital force” scientists. I’m sorry for the people who may be losing their jobs this

Stop Fracked Gas Liquefaction Facility In Providence

Several state legislators are fighting a proposed environmentally regressive fracked gas liquefaction facility that National Grid wants to erect next to an existing holding tank on Fields Point. Once the location of the Sassafras Point Lighthouse, National Grid now uses the site — Terminal Road

ProJo Moving Katherine Gregg From Statehouse Beat

That loud noise you heard was the sound of champagne corks popping over at the Statehouse, and heads exploding around the state. The news that the Providence Journal is reassigning Katherine Gregg to the newspaper’s downtown newsroom is sure to gladden the hearts of the

Stadium Nightmare In Hartford

If there is anyone left on earth who still thinks that publicly funded stadiums are a good idea, I give you the Hartford Yard Goats, currently playing out of Binghamton, New York. What . . . a . . . mess. John Kostrzewa writes in

‘No’ To The Conley Hall Of Fame And Lottery

Anyone wondering what the Patrick Conley Heritage Hall of Fame would look like need go no further than the book store/gift shop in the State House Visitors Center (seen here — all six are Conley titles). I have written about this before and a recent

Marathons In The City — Why?

If you tried to get into, or through, or around downtown Providence last Sunday I don’t need to tell you what a snarled-up nightmare it was. Here is a list of the events that were being held simultaneously: New England Institute of Technology graduation Ringling

There’s Already A Street Named For Buddy

The Providence Journal editorial board has called into question the need for taxpayers to further honor twice-convicted former mayor Buddy Cianci. As reported earlier in the week the City Council is considering naming the sidewalks on either side of the Gateway Arch on Atwells Avenue

Say ‘No’ To Tax On Medical Marijuana

So, recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and the Denver Broncos just won the Super Bowl — one more argument in favor of legalizing and taxing marijuana here in Rhode Island. And while it appears that our governor is coming around to the whole taxing

Can BrownZilla Be Stopped?

Brown University has announced plans to flatten seven more buildings on Brook Street, this time between Cushing and Meeting Streets. Just last October at least three lovely brick structures were demolished further down the Brook Street (see pictures below). Judging from the chain link fence

A Tale Of Two Cities

Pity poor Hartford. Turns out their new minor league stadium is costing more than originally promised and the developer is demanding another $10 million. According to the Hartford Courant in “Before You Buy a Stadium, Ask How Much,” We’re learning that despite the assurances that

Please Larry, Just ‘Lose Yourself’

We’re gonna need a montage! In their infinite wisdom, the Red Sox decided last Sunday that the video tribute to outgoing president Larry Lucchino should feature Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” All together now . . . His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy There’s

Providence Riverfront Land Forum

(8.25) City park or baseball park? We now know where the Providence Preservation Society comes down on the stadium issue (agin) thanks to executive director Brent Runyon’s excellent piece in the ProJo. Learn more, and explore what the best uses for this land might be,

Prov Preservation Society — No Stadium On River

Out-of-towners often comment on the pleasing scale of our city. It’s not just the cozy perimeter that registers, but the height and massing of the buildings. The scale is human; the streetscape, walkable. Take a minute and look at this view of our charming (okay

Summer Reading For House Leadership — “Field Of Schemes”

A message for those elected officials still supporting the PawSox stadium deal: With all the data and analysis now available (including the conclusions of Mattiello’s consultant, and PawSox mole, Andrew Zimbalist, who didn’t like stadiums until he suddenly decided he did) a ‘yes’ vote on