Because if Pawtucket is rising, then I can’t help but think that Providence is sinking. How many artists and musicians are there to go around? Who will wait on our tables? Will Providence be left with all the personal injury lawyers and politicians? At any rate, tonight at 7pm WSBE Channel 36 will be airing the documentary Pawtucket Rising about a city that found a way to re-purpose old buildings and create a new vision of itself.
When artists could no longer afford the skyrocketing real estate in nearby Providence they were forced to take their business elsewhere. Mayor James E. Doyle recognized that The Arts could be an important catalyst in his city’s revitalization. The city seized the opportunity to invite these small businesses to relocate to Pawtucket. As a result, Pawtucket is now restoring and renovating mill and industrial space that had once sat vacant and decaying.
A warning to Mayor Doyle. Pretty soon this will result in increased real estate values which will price your precious little artists right out of the market, and they will be forced to move up to Woonsocket until the same thing happens there, and then they will all move to Attleboro where they will bump into all the artists moving south out of Boston. At which point the funky grooviness will reach critical mass and erupt in a violent explosion of nose rings, napsacks, bicycle chains and old vinyl — which Attleboro will then declare an art installation. And the whole thing will start all over with all the artists finally moving back down to Providence where the real estate market, having totally tanked, is now quite affordable.