By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2015
The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) announced that Kate Brewster is stepping down as executive director. Rachel Flum, the Institute’s long-time senior policy analyst, has been promoted as the new executive director.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, People, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Flam, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, Kate Brewster, Nancy Gewirtz, Rachel Flum, RI Health Coverage Project, RI Kids Count | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2015
“Too many people have been denied a safe and stable home with their family because of something they did 10 or more years ago,” said John Prince, campaign organizer with Behind the Walls, in a statement. “Sometimes parents can’t go back and live with their kids because of an arrest, when they were never even convicted of the crime. That’s just wrong.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Featured, Housing, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Behind the Walls, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Ella Baker Center, Fair Housing campaign, Franny Choi, John Prince, Mary Kay Harris, Providence Public Housing Authority, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Sheila Wilhelm, Stephen J. Fortunato, Vatic Kuumba | 2 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on September 17, 2015
“You can’t negotiate with a beetle. You are now dealing with natural law. And if you don’t understand natural law, you will soon.” Oren Lyons, a member of the Onandaga Council of Chiefs, quoted by Mary Christina Wood in her book Nature’s Trust, sums up what’s wrong with our self-absorbed political system and its failure […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Environment, Featured | Tagged climate change, fracked gas, fracking, methane gas, natural gas, raimondo, spectra pipeline | 1 Response
By transportprovidence on September 14, 2015
The ACLU has written the City Council of Providence and Mayor Jorge Elorza calling for the rejection of Jo-Ann Ryan’s exclusionary zoning provision. The zoning, as proposed, would limit students to three-to-a-house occupancy in Zones 1 and 1A of Providence’s zoning code. Affecting areas with large single-family homes, many of the buildings in question can house far […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2015
This time the PawSox owners didn’t make any attempt at countering the event. This time the media showed up in force, with Channel 10 doing a live remote. The What Cheer! Brigade played four rousing selections and storytellers Len Cabral and Mark Binder (who has contributed to RI Future) entertained the crowd with stories. Kites were flown, games were played, children danced and the promise of a public park was glimpsed, if imperfectly.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Events, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Andrew Stewart, Len Cabral, mark binder, PawSox, What Cheer Brigade | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
RIPTA Riders Alliance, an advocacy group for bus riders, held a press conference in Kennedy Plaza across from Providence City Hall on Thursday afternoon to protest “a sharp bus fare increase” of $1 per ride for low-income disabled people and seniors. Right now the increase is only a proposal and the current fare for senior and disabled riders is $0.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Environment, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Don Rhodes, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 11 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 28, 2015
Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, said there were some big wins for sustainable and equitable development in the last legislative session. RhodeMapRI was not one of them, he acknowledged. “A lot of the economic development proposals that we thought were good for smart growth passed,” Wolf said. “Those are embodied […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged development, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Gina Raimondo, Grow Smart RI, GrowSmart, Rhode Works, RhodeMap, Scott Wolf, smart growth, urban, urban redevelopment | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 26, 2015
With over 200 people in attendance, Providence’s Point Street Dueling Pianos ended up being a hot ticket on Tuesday evening. The event, a forum about the proposed construction of a baseball stadium for the PawSox hosted by Harvard Business School Association of Southeastern New England and Leadership Rhode Island. In favor of the stadium were Syd […]
By Mark Binder on August 25, 2015
Perhaps there is something in the water on Smith Hill that infects speakers of the Rhode Island House with hubris. Perhaps it’s a side effect of suddenly being called, “The most powerful politician in Rhode Island.” Keeping in mind that the speaker is not elected to his office by the citizens, but anointed by his […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Sports | Tagged 38 Studios, baseball, Dumb, financial incentives, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, I-195 Commission, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, Red Sox, tax breaks | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2015
As Rhode Island considers moving forward with several large scale natural gas projects, including an expanded pipeline in Burrillville, a new energy plant in Burrillville, and a liquefaction facility in South Providence, it seemed appropriate to ask representatives from business, labor, government and environmental groups for their comments on this report.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Colorado State University, David Graves, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free ri, fracked gas, fracking, Gina Raimondo, methane, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, natural gas, Peter Nightingale, RI Building & Construction Trades Council, Robert Howarth | 3 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on August 18, 2015
I have previously written about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s public/private partnerships’ in building PetCo Park for the San Diego Padres and Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles. These are the two major projects that Lucchino’s spokesman Dr. Charles Steinberg boasts about on the so-called ‘Listening Tour’ the team has been holding across the state. I […]
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Politics, Providence, Sports | Tagged baseball, lucchino, PawSox, Providence, publicly financed stadium, stadium | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 6, 2015
There has been great talk of late centered around the protests against the stadium. I want to offer a few ideas here about the strategy being offered in Providence by those who are adamant that the parcel of land remain designated as an open space green park. First, it is important to begin with where […]
By Andrew Stewart on July 29, 2015
My colleague Steve Ahlquist previously posted a great story covering the two meetings on July 27 about the proposed construction of the taxpayer-subsidized stadium. One point that was made at the Providence meeting, worth expanding on here, is the issue of the construction trade unions, which have endorsed this project. This piece will make an effort […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, Dan Rea, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jeff White, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Campaign Against the Stadium, Providence City Counci, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, Suzanne Mark, Sydney McKenna, teresa paiva weed, Tim Empke | 6 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 22, 2015
For the first time since 2007, Governor Gina Raimondo convened the Children’s Cabinet to set a plan in order to promote opportunities for Rhode Island children, by establishing policies and budget plans directed towards children and their needs. National data from KIDS COUNT, an organization that helps to mold better futures for children who are […]
Posted in Economic Development, Featured, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Children, Children's Cabinet, dcyf, Education, Elisha Aldrich, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Health, well being, Youth | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 21, 2015
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has announced a plan to invest in clean energy, as well as reduce energy costs, by distributing $14 million in proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions. RGGI, which was launched in 2009, allowed participating states to establish a cap on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil […]
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged clean energy, climate change, efficiency, Elisha Aldrich, Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, Gina Raimondo, janet coit, LED, Marion Gold, Office of Energy Resources, Peter Alviti, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, RGGI, solar, solar energy, solar panels, Solarize Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The parcel of land in Providence being eyed as the site of a new stadium by the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox became the scene of dueling imaginings… park or baseball park?
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged Charles Steinberg, Larry Lucchino, Mark Gray, Matt Spring, Paws, PawSox, pawtucket red sox | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2015
Included in the I-195 land life-science park proposal is “a Le Meridien hotel with 175 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.” The Le Meridian is to be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, a company that regular reports cash flows of approximately $850 million to $950 million a quarter. Starwood runs 1,200 hotels and resorts, and paid dividends to their investors to the tune of $2.4 billion last year.
In essence, Providence is planning to give away millions of dollars to billionaires…
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged John Igliozzi, Le Meridien, Meds & Eds, minimum wage, Sabina Matos, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 24, 2015
In an ironic twist of fate, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation closed the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston the same day that the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate itself voted to uphold Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious Rhode Works legislation. The $1.1 billion bill would be used to repair bridges and roads throughout Rhode […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bill Vernon, Brandon Bell, bridges, Christopher Ottiano, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, highway, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, infrastructure, Louis DiPalma, NFIB, Peter Alviti, Rhode Works, ridot, roads, safety | 8 Responses