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PPS 2011 Ten Most Endangered List

The Providence Preservation Society has released its annual ‘Ten Most Endangered Properties’ list. Back on the list is the Providence Arcade (picture after jump) vacant since 2008. Recently a few mysterious signs appeared indicating that a “marketplace” was coming soon, but no one, including the building’s owner, knows what that might be about. (Mario Hilario […]

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Meeting 5pm Today — Lippitt Park Tree Removal

There are certain people who believe that you can replace 40-year-old trees. . . tomorrow. And according to this morning’s Providence Journal, Mayor David Cicilline is one of those people. Kudos to the neighbors who immediately got on the horn to City Hall and the ProJo, and managed to halt the recent wholesale tree-cutting at

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Cicilline Introduces Ordinance To Ban Prostitution In Providence

Mayor Cicilline today submitted an ordinance to the City Council calling for a ban on indoor prostitution in the city.  “While the Rhode Island General Assembly continues to work to enact laws on the state level, we have the responsibility in the City of Providence to put an end to indoor prostitution that has sprouted

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A Few Plants . . . Some Curtains . . . Oh

In a recent piece for the Providence Journal (Modernist rampage in Providence) columnist David Brussat decries, among other projects, the ghastly Box Office. The Box Office is a proposed three-story building of 36 recycled steel shipping containers. Instant slums. Maybe that works for Olneyville. The young developers of this project wondered: With shipping containers piling

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No More Bottled Water

Kudos to Mayor Cicilline and the following restaurants for their enlightened thinking regarding bottled water. According to the ProJo, Cicilline and the owners of five local restaurants announced yesterday that they are joining national efforts to curb the use of bottled water. The owners of Providence establishments Local 121, Benders Caffe, the Hot Club, Trinity

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Boulevard Bike Lanes Inauguration 1PM today

The previously mentioned Blackstone Boulevard bicycle lanes will be officially opened today with a ribbon cutting (oh please have those giant scissors) and a press conference with politicians trying to take credit and out-green each other. But this is a good thing so I shouldn’t be snarky. Big props to City Councilman Cliff Wood for

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what’s in it for us?

What exactly is the nature of the relationship between the city of Providence and the owners of these boxes? I’m guessing host/parasite. What do we get out of these contraptions besides visual blight and exposure to liability? This is ugly crap that nobody needs and it’s spreading like a virus that makes you want to

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when did everyone get so thirsty

You don’t need 8 bottles of water a day, that was always a scam. Look, since the economy is tanking anyway, let’s just put the bottled-water people out of business while we’re at it. If you can’t get worked up about the problem of plastic persisting in the environment and the food chain, think of

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