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6 responses to “La Salle very interested in replacing Providence Water Supply Board building with parking lot”

  1. Sally Jane Wilson

    Ryan is a La Salle alumnus. Seriously, they claim panhandlers are a security problem for the kids? The security problem is entitled kids who dash out into traffic and have no concern for community members. Yes, parking is a problem because the kids that drive to school park anywhere they damn well please. They dump their trash in our neighborhood and have had to be banned from parking on neighborhood streets. What kind of taxes do they pay, since it is a Catholic school?

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  2. Peter VE

    About 12 years ago, I watched workmen tear off the copper parapet cap on the former Police and Fire Headquarters downcity. It was also a “protected” historic building. I went to to the HDC to warn them, but nothing happened. 6 months later the owners applied for an emergency demolition permit due to water penetration in the wall. The purpose of the copper parapet cap was to keep the water out of the wall….

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  3. CitizenWhy

    There’s another “iconic” building that’s not economically feasible to rehab, a corpse in the center of the city.

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  4. leftyrite

    Why don’t we let the

    Diocese of Providence

    control our water supply?

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  5. cailin rua

    For the record, the demo crews came in, practically, in the middle of the night to raze the Moses Brown headmaster’s residence on Olney Street. Olney Street is on the National Historic Register and part of the Providence Historic District. I can’t remember how long ago. It’s been more than five years, however. I wonder how M B obtained its special dispensation.

    Moses Brown has an incredibly ambitious building program. There’s another building going up along Hope Street, on one of the last treed areas of their campus. Apparently, they’ve built over all their parking lots. It’s interesting (or is it just totally depressing?) how eliminating parking there has caused the student population to migrate onto Alumni, Olney, and the streets running off Olney from Tortilla Flats all the way down to Arlington Ave, for their parking needs. I guess the taxpayers of Providence should be proud of the gratitude we’ve shown them. The new pavement on Olney, the maintenance, the cost of police during maintenance, snowplowing, etc. we’ve provided them, tax free, gives us the honor of having their Land Rovers, BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, etc., gracing our city streets.

    I think all the non profits need much, much, more close scrutiny but why the studied omission of the hegemonic East Side non-profits? It really makes me wonder about all the “good government” groups involvement in the SOP Crusade, which seemed to be launched from the First Baptist Church, according to the account provided by Phil West.

    Is it the dogma that’s the problem, or is it just ethnic Catholics, one wonders. At least, I have, for a very long time. Oftentimes I know it’s the latter, rather than the former. Rhode Island is notoriously incestuous and Balkanized. Who does that work for?

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  6. leftyrite

    Rhode Island has so much going for it.

    To see it break down into something less than

    the bracing, exciting place that it can be,

    a place of culture, kindness, and

    various levels of celebration

    would be a sad show, indeed.

    A joyous defense.

    A serious defense.

    A conscious defense.

    And, a brother and sisterhood

    of good, decent moral thinkers all the way down the line.

    Crazy time specialists. The kind who can handle these things; we need you.

    Theater. (Yeah, …you.)


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