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Proposed Towers Would Scrape Way Too Much Sky

We’ve now had a day to consider the supersized residential skyscrapers (see below) being proposed for the I-195 District Redevelopment District. At 55 stories, the tallest of the three towers would be twice the height of the Superman building, and a poke-in-the-eye from every vantage

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Three Cities: “History Has A Long Memory”

GCPVD has this post on the proto-proposal to build a soccer-only stadium in Providence, and includes the video Buddy used to promote our proto-bid from a decade ago to build a stadium for the Patriots here. (Bob Kraft played Providence off of Hartford off of

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‘Battle For Brooklyn’ At Cable Car Saturday

Opening this Saturday at the Cable Car Cinema — the documentary Battle for Brooklyn, a film about overly ambitious developers, greedy politicians in search of a luxury box to call their own, and the perverting of eminent domain’s original intent. After searching for more than

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Update — Pedestrian Bridge Winner Declared

Update: Design #10 has won. It seemed to be something of a consensus choice (notwithstanding the legitimate concern expressed in the comments below).

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Jef Takes On The Parking Lots

It’s not surprising or really even news that these two lots are goin’ asphalt, but their parking lot statuses seem to have become vested over the last few months.  Jef cries into the (ever-more-barren) wilderness. THE HELL!? The Department of Inspections and Standards can just

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Promises, Promises — The Future Of Allens Avenue

“Luxury Condos. . . Marinas. . . Medical Doctor Type Things” these are the buzz words that imply that money will be pouring into a developer’s proposed project, and mayors everywhere just seem to swoon. The latest proposal for the city’s waterfront is a non-starter.

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There Goes The Neighborhood

Anyone remember the hilarious song by The Busboys about gentrification, “There goes the neighborhood, the whites are moving in, they’ll bring their next of kin…”? Now there is a trend of young whites moving to cities and our aging suburbs becoming the less expensive real

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Committee Hearings Tonight: Charters And Historic Preservation

Two hearings on bills of mine that might be of interest to folks here: We increased the number of potential charter schools in the state last night.  I voted for the measure, but as I mentioned on the floor, I’m still very concerned about charters’

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Providence Deserves A Public Waterfront

An ever-wider coalition is coalescing around the effort to make sure that the parcels along the head of Narragansett Bay, which are being opened up by the highway relocation, facilitate public access to the waterfront. Head over here to sign a petition in support of

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David Byrne And Crew At Pell Lecture Next Tuesday

[Thank you commenters. Apparently this event has already sold out. Not surprising really. BC] It’s a terrible thing, to find oneself this jealous of Thom Deller. There was once talk of doing a faux-historic plaque at the house on Power Street where the proto-Talking Heads

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Quonset Wins $22 Million Stimulus Grant

All-around great news, on the anniversary of the stimulus bill’s passage: The Department of Transportation awarded more than $22 million today to a proposed offshore wind manufacturing and port facility in Rhode Island. The Quonset Development Corporation has been touted by Rhode Island officials —

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Wickenden Intersection Possibilities

Jef has posted the 3 proposals for the Wickenden St. intersection that will replace the area that was/is under the old 195 overpass. RIDOT deserves a lot of credit for listening to an initial volley of complaints about their earlier proposal — which was too

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Saturday: Preservation Society’s Winter Bash

Purchase tickets here. Join PPS at its 7th Winter Bash at 100 Westminster Street overlooking Burnside Park and Capital Center in Downtown Providence on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 8 p.m. to midnight The Bash brings together hundreds of people to celebrate our citywide preservation

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Monday: Post-195 Street Design Meeting

On Monday we’ll be meeting at the Fox Point Bathhouse to discuss the post-195 relocation street-pattern, especially the area around the Wickenden Street overpass which is in the process of being removed.  RIDOT and the Planning Dept will be present, and the general public is

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Paolino Gets It Right

We probably disagree more frequently than we agree when it comes to economic development policy, but he’s right on here, from the Projo: I strongly believe that the public sector should encourage the continued expansion of our colleges and hospitals. The state and local governments