The Rhode Island State Planning Council delayed a vote on a draft Economic Development Plan for the State of Rhode Island. The draft plan, which has been under development for more than two years as part of an initiative known as Rhode Map RI, emphasizes the very unradical notion of building on our strengths. In […]
Ever seen a group of guys standing outside a Home Depot when all of a sudden a pickup truck drives by and picks up one or two of them? Those guys and that contractor are cheating us out of money. This is how the under-the-table day labor economy functions, and it’s largely fueled by undocumented […]
Randall Rose and members of the RI Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights held a protest outside the US Marshal’s offices in the Federal Building in downtown Providence against the aerial surveillance of cellphones.
@RIFUTURE @Alli_Rogers @tsgouros Does it limit local authority? That is what many people fear. — Kevin McGovern (@kevinmcg414) November 19, 2014 @kevinmcg414 “plan does not/cannot take away governance rights of municipalities as embedded in State’s constitution” @tsgouros @bobplain — Allison Rogers (@Alli_Rogers) November 20, 2014 @kevinmcg414 …”nor their local land use and zoning decision making […]
In the sensationally titled “Revenge of the Swamp Yankee: Democratic Disaster in South County,” Will Collette argued emotionally that despite statewide wins for Democrats in Rhode Island two weeks ago, South County was a sad place for the party. He makes a strong case that local South County races, through low turnout and Republican money, […]
Dear Governor Chafee, This is a letter that will be made public. You should know that as you read it. I doubt that you have been really pleased with the performance of the Rhode Island economy during your term. I do not think anyone has been all that pleased. You probably do not remember the […]
And in his 80th Senate floor speech on climate change, Sheldon Whitehouse introduced a carbon tax. “For years now, Rhode Island has been on the losing end of the fossil-fuel economy,” said Whitehouse, according to a press release announcing the legislation. “We suffer the effects of climate change caused by carbon pollution – from rising […]
“There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850. That’s a statistic that you don’t really ever forget,” began Diego Arene-Morley, President of Brown University Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
We’re apparently supposed to be afraid, very afraid, of Lincoln Chafee’s “Rhode Map” for economic development. Since the election there seems to be a coordinated effort to scare the state about this plan for future growth. Gary Morse, wrote a fairly confused screed in the Providence Journal Monday that complains the RhodeMap RI, well, I’m […]
In the introductory post of this series on housing in the Providence metro, I laid out some basic concepts in antithetical pairs. I sought to show how policy advocates and community activists argue their competing viewpoints within a zero-sum logic, usually to the detriment of both. This post examines the process of radical neighborhood change commonly called gentrification. […]
There are several ways a parking tax could easily be implemented in Providence. In a previous post I introduced the concept of a parking tax for Providence. This post explores five such options for implementing and collecting parking taxes. Future posts will demonstrate how much revenue can be raised, how it could offset other city […]
“I believe in ‘little d’ democracy,” said Regunberg to the assembled voters, before asking those present to suggest topics of political concern. “Education” was suggested first, then “public banking,” “violence,” “the environment” and a dozen more.
While there was jubilation in the Rhode Island Democratic Party election night party because of the biggest sweep since 1960, that mood was not shared by Democrats in South County. From Exeter to Westerly, Democrats, and especially progressive Democrats, took an awful beating in General Assembly and Town Council races. Majorities in several South County […]
Past and present Providence public school students spoke at Brown University Thursday night about the difficulties they face in their determination to do well, attend college, and “elevate” themselves and their families out of poverty. They spoke of good teachers, bad teachers, and resource inequality. “It’s not the teachers’ fault and it’s not the students’ […]