James Kennedy runs the blog Transport Providence and mostly writes about transportation, but is also a cranky underemployed person, and sometimes lets off steam about other things that bother him. You can support my work by donating to PayPal: email@example.com. Thank you!
By transportprovidence on September 18, 2016
Director Peter Alviti of RIDOT recently stated his own version of reality about the 6/10 Connector when he said that, “Hypothetical plans or other scenarios could be explored in the world of theory, but in the world of reality we are facing we now need to address this structurally deficient problem.” Alviti’s words are dismissive […]
By transportprovidence on September 13, 2016
The Providence Journal editorial board posted a piece praising Governor Gina Raimondo for her decision to ignore the public process and the recommendations of national and local experts to fast-track the reconstruction of the 6/10 Connector. The Projo is, as a journalistic entity, free to make whatever statements it wants on any issue. The problem with […]
By transportprovidence on September 13, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo may have acted too hastily when she took off the table the idea of transforming the 6/10 connector into a boulevard, according to Providence state Senator Juan Pichardo. “The people who live in these areas were counting on the plans to reconnect the neighborhoods after being divided for so long by the […]
By transportprovidence on September 10, 2016
Governor Raimondo seemed to quietly reverse herself on the 6/10 Connector, stating that her office was open to working with the City of Providence on any solution that was safe, did not worsen traffic, and was cost-effective. Through a staffer, Raimondo later denied that her statement constituted a reversal of policy. Rhode Islanders can continue […]
By transportprovidence on September 1, 2016
Resident Laura Bozzi says transit must "outcompete" driving. #610Connector pic.twitter.com/sCjYXpMUkT — Transport Providence (@TransportPVD) August 30, 2016 The assembled crowd of 200 people at Tuesday night’s 6/10 Connector community meeting were unequivocal: no highway should be rebuilt along the corridor. It found a receptive if demur audience in Providence Planning Department and Mayor Jorge Elorza. […]
By transportprovidence on August 29, 2016
Providence has made next to no progress on bike infrastructure during the two years the mayor has been in office.
This needs to change.
Where is the bike infrastructure, Mayor Elorza?
By transportprovidence on August 24, 2016
Former Providence mayor Joseph Paolino’s media blitz around homelessness should be taken with a grain (or two, or three) of salt. In 2014, Paolino spoke with James Baar at The Projo (“The Seven Deadly Sins of Downtown Providence”, April 29, 2014) to outline his angst over panhandling homeless people and low income bus riders, suggesting a set […]
By transportprovidence on August 12, 2016
#NeverHillary is a bit too flippant to me. The point of an election is to pressure a candidate, and get results. We have gotten some movement in the right direction, thanks to Bernie Sanders. Still, for many voters, there are still significant reasons not to want to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. Instead of […]
By transportprovidence on August 9, 2016
RI Future’s recent coverage of a tax stabilization agreement (or TSA) for Rising Sun Mills admirably pursues the idea of a fair tax system for all Providence residents. There’s a lot I agree with about this approach. At its roots, TSAs are an insider deal. But the logic behind TSAs makes a lot more sense than is obvious at […]
By transportprovidence on June 5, 2016
One of the stranger comments I receive from time to time is that urbanism is a secret plot to take away people’s freedom. I get this more often from people on the right, but it’s also a component of left criticism of urbanism. The weird thing about this conspiracy theory is that it’s a tag-team, […]
By transportprovidence on June 1, 2016
I was a little flabbergasted to see a piece highlighting an effort to remove parking meters on a progressive website like RI Future. We should not remove the parking meters on Thayer Street, but we should change their implementation. There are a lot of legitimate complaints about the way the Elorza Administration has implemented parking […]
By transportprovidence on May 13, 2016
Councilman Kevin Jackson is my city councilor. I’d like to see someone better. Here are the things I’d like to see taken on by whoever replaces him (as a challenger, or after he resigns): Someone to fight for lower taxes on renters Kevin Jackson gave some tepid support to changing the tax structure so that it […]
By transportprovidence on May 9, 2016
It’s hard to tax the rich at the local level. The area within the borders of a local community is small, and tax avoidance becomes a game to people with money. One need simply relocate a block across the border to smack back at most local popular efforts. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m saying […]
By transportprovidence on April 29, 2016
Hopeful discussion of a possible parking tax earlier this week gave way to the realization that Jorge Elorza and Providence City Council are more likely to forego such a measure, and instead lower the car tax. Sigh. . . I know that many in the progressive community feel the car tax is too high, or that there […]
By transportprovidence on April 19, 2016
Author’s Note: I proposed this as a joint submission to RI Future and Ocean State Current-Anchor. Justin Katz responded to say that he’ll be writing something in response. I look forward to his reply. I’ve had two interactions with Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse, and in each I’ve found common ground […]
By transportprovidence on April 8, 2016
I would hate that you should have an unfortunate accident. . . Last night while I was speaking to some people about the Moving Together PVD boulevard proposal, a man in a grey sweatshirt came over and said “This one here better not get into an accident on his bicycle or he might not get […]
By transportprovidence on March 30, 2016
Last Wednesday, RIDOT presented what it is calling a “boulevard-highway hybrid” model of the 6/10 Connector. I’ve dubbed their proposal “6/10 Dig” because it replicates the mistakes of the “Big Dig” in Boston. Our proposal at Moving Together Providence continues to be a true 6/10 Boulevard. Kevin Proft at Eco RI News has done the […]
By transportprovidence on March 18, 2016
The fact that Katz is addressing this is a sign that substantial success has been made in promoting the concept of a guaranteed minimum income among liberals and conservatives.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, International News, National News, Poverty, Unemployment | Tagged c andrew morse, earned income tax credit, EITC, GMI, guaranteed minimum income, justin katz, Ken Block, Ocean State Current-Anchor | 7 Responses
By transportprovidence on February 24, 2016
I spent the afternoon today gathering papers, riding the bus, waiting in lines, and copying things.
By transportprovidence on February 1, 2016
“Whatever critiques there might be of Bloomberg, the fact is that he’s led on some issues. Bernie Sanders should work hard to undermine Bloomberg’s base of support on a key issue where the Bloomberg administration led: transportation.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Defense, Featured, Health Care, Transportation | Tagged Bernie Sanders, donald trump, Janette Sadik-Kahn, Michael Bloomberg, single-payer healthcare, Stop and Frisk | 3 Responses