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 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 14, 2015
Previously I posted a story about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s luck in San Diego with PetCo Park, host venue of the Padres. But make no mistake, San Diego was no aberration. A simple Google search shows that Camden Yards, also touted by PawSox Listening Tour doyen Dr. Larry Steinberg as a stellar success, has been […]
By Andrew Stewart on August 13, 2015
Last week when I sat down to talk with Dan Yorke, one point he brought up was that stadium opponents have their hands tied until Speaker Mattiello releases the terms of the new deal he is working with the PawSox ownership. I agree with that, but with one caveat: there is always the paper trail […]
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 Andrew Stewart on July 15, 2015
On July 7, Stacy DiCola, director of public information at the Secretary of State’s office, sent a rather ominous-sounding letter to David Norton, one of the lead organizers of the grassroots opposition to the proposed state-financing of a baseball stadium for the PawSox, informing him that he should be certain to register himself as a […]
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 | 6 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 26, 2015
The potential move of the Pawtucket Red Sox to downtown Providence has caused heated debate between the public and the General Assembly since the idea was first floated earlier this year. On Thursday, opponents of the move rallied outside of the State House to express their passionate disapproval for the move. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien […]
Posted in cities and towns, Featured, News, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged Donald Grebien, Elisha Aldrich, I-195, I-195 Commission, Jewelry district, jim skeffington, Larry Lucchino, McCoy Stadium, PawSox, pawtucket, pawtucket red sox, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele | 3 Responses
By Troy West on June 15, 2015
The May 27th commentary that dominated the Providence Journal editorial page with yet another large, beautifully rendered artist’s conception of the proposed AAA ballpark features the headline DOWNTOWN PARK WILL BE R.I. GEM needs careful scrutiny. If only we could substitute ‘park’ wherever ‘ballpark’ is featured in the commentary’s 12 paragraphs, we could join Miami, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The surprise came at the Senate President’s office, when Paiva-Weed opened the door to her office herself. Perhaps the Senate President was equally surprised to see a group of news cameras and activists at the door when she opened it, but if so, she didn’t show it, much.
Posted in cities and towns, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged David Norton, Gina Raimondo, Larry Lucchino, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Organizing for Pawtucket, PawSox | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 28, 2015
With all but one of The Providence Foundation’s case studies having been vetted by James Skeffington and the PawSox owners, people who stood to make millions from the proposed ballpark, it’s small wonder that their recent report comes down in favor of building a ballpark in downtown Providence with public money.
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged Andrew Zimbalist, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Foundation, Victor Matheson | 17 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 27, 2015
In recent months, Dr. Tim Empkie has become one of the most familiar and visible stalwarts in the ongoing campaign to prevent public funds being used in the construction of a new stadium in downtown Providence. I talked to Empkie at during morning rush hour at the corner of Point and Wickendon St.
By Bob Plain on May 27, 2015
Since the idea first surfaced to move the Pawtucket Red Sox to downtown Providence, many Rhode Islanders have feared a backroom deal would be made – regardless of the project’s merits – between the affluent owners and local politicians. But Sam Bell says a start-up group calling itself the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium Deal […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2015
“One reason I think its problematic is that once you start taking money from someone who has a stake in the game, you have an incentive to spin your findings to make who’s paying you happy,” says journalist Neil deMause.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2015
Dr. Victor Matheson’s complete presentation on why public financing for sport stadiums is a bad idea.
Posted in Economic Development, Featured, Multimedia, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, Video | Tagged Andrew Zimbalist, Gina Raimondo, James Skeffington, McCoy Stadium, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Victor Mat | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 19, 2015
“I wasn’t in town for the tour [with Skeffington],” said Smith College sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, “I was in town for a lecture at Brown [University] that I was committed to for many months. Skeffington and I spent about 30 minutes together total. We shared no meals or drinks. I had never met him before. I requested a tour after multiple requests from RI media to comment on [the] stadium.”
By Bob Plain on May 7, 2015
RI Future Sailing Correspondent Roberto Bessin was at Ft. Weatherill State Park in Jamestown to see Team SCA enter Narragansett Bay after a 5,000 mile sail from Brazil – the sixth leg in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race, which made port in Newport last night and this morning. SCA, the only all-women boat competing in […]
By Dan Lawlor on May 4, 2015
Rhode Island will not attract millennials, build a new economy, end homelessness or improve public schools by helping the Pawtucket Red Sox to move to Providence. Even according to Republican economist Greg Mankiw, 85% of economists oppose public subsidies of sports stadiums. Ideological journals from left to right, from National Review to Dissent, decry the giveaways and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2015
“Providence is not a minor league city,” said Asher Schofield, “We are what we dream ourselves to be. What we want to be. And we want to be major league. These are antiquated notions, the idea of public financing of private enterprise. This [deal] is not the grand notion that we need to have as a city moving forward… These minor league aspirations are beneath us.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Andrew Posner, Asher Schofield, capital good fund, Cathy Orloff, Coalition Radio, DARE, David Fisher, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Catalano, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Mike Puyana, Mike Rollins, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island Libertarian Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, RICC, Roland Gauvin, Steven Frias | 5 Responses