By Brian Hull on February 24, 2015
The City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development invites you to a series of conversations about your priorities for housing and community development needs throughout the city.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2015
When bus monitor Michele Schenck returned to the bus stop to drop off Giovanna that afternoon, Polly was waiting with “a big bouquet of flowers” and a teary eyed hug. Polly told an amazed Schenck that she had saved Giovanna’s father’s life.
By Jared Paul on January 31, 2015
This week on the Jared Paul Show … Capitalism vs the blizzard, Why Warren shouldn’t run and why we need a multiparty system.
By Bob Plain on January 28, 2015
If you think all the snow and wind this week was an inconvenience on your life, think of what it was like for homeless Rhode Islanders. “Just about everyone was in a shelter,” said Barbara Kalil, an outreach worker for the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project. On Monday evening, between 5 and 8pm, just as […]
By Bob Plain on January 23, 2015
The RI ACLU is asking the Providence Police Department to stop videotaping protests until it develops public policies and procedures for this increasingly controversial police tactic. “That this kind of surveillance is conducted is troubling,” said a letter from the ACLU to Providence Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Pare.” That it has been conducted repeatedly, without […]
By transportprovidence on January 15, 2015
Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Warwick belong to the upper Narragansett Bay watershed. All of these communities except North Providence have been cooperating in studies of how to prevent stormwater overflow in the region. Phase I of the study is already complete, and Phase II is being worked on. Phase I […]
By Alex Krogh-Grabbe on January 13, 2015
I like RIPTA. Transit agencies struggle to provide direly needed transportation access to thousands of people, and they don’t get to take a day off if they’re not feeling up to it. I’ve seen some RIPTA staff in action, and they impress me. I’m also pumped about the redesigned Kennedy Plaza; for all the flak […]
By transportprovidence on January 12, 2015
A proposed parking tax has cleared an important hurtle. Providence legislator Aaron Regunberg is speaking up for an “intelligently structured parking lot tax.” Rep. Regunberg, who won the 4th District (East Side of Providence) with 83% of the vote, sent this statement to RI Future: It is important for economic development, sustainability, and quality of […]
By Komlan Soe on January 11, 2015
Congratulations on your well-deserved inaugurations and new positions! I am deeply proud of the opportunity afforded me to parade with your stickers and flyers and write so freely in papers and on social media about your visions for our beloved Providence and Rhode Island. We all know that our state faces many challenges. In most […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2015
“I will tap into this creative energy and lay the foundation for an arts and culture festival that draws visitors from across the nation and showcases all the great talent we have in Providence. And this festival will begin this summer and it will be a wonderful weekend to be in our city.”
By Bob Plain on January 5, 2015
Forget the speeches, hip hop artist Jaime Espinal stole the show when he ushered in the Jorge Elorza era with an original song for the inauguration of Providence’s 38th mayor today. A sample of the lyrics: “The time is now, forget about the past. Shape your own destiny and make it come to pass. Son […]
By Samuel Bell on January 5, 2015
When Mayor Angel Taveras and Council President Michael Solomon hiked car taxes to balance the Providence budget a few years ago, they did not just hike car taxes on working families. They also cut taxes for cars worth more than about $24,000. Before the hike, the car tax had a $6000 exemption and a rate […]
By Dan Lawlor on December 31, 2014
The decaying school buildings in Providence are a monument to the abject failure of Rhode Island’s political leadership to invest in all the people of the state. The legislature is willing to spend more than $40 million on a parking garage for lawyers and court employees downtown but not for public school kids in the […]
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By Chris_Barnett on December 19, 2014
Nearly 160 teachers in five urban school districts are getting more resources for classroom innovation thanks to $148,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation. Full-time third-grade teachers in any public or charter school in Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket were eligible to for Spark Grants of up to $1,000 to fund programs […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 17, 2014
Privatizing the bus monitors will mean the loss of nearly 200 good paying jobs in Providence. In the event of privatization, professional jobs currently being performed by experienced, trained personal will be instead executed by minimum wage employees.
By Bob Plain on December 11, 2014
The Rhode Island State Police are hosting in South Providence on Monday night what a press release called a ““New Beginnings Community Outreach Forum: A Follow-Up to the Ferguson Decision.” According to the press release, “The forum will address the recent issues surrounding the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City and […]
By Douglas Buonanno on December 10, 2014
You will rarely find a Providence College student walking or jogging around streets of Providence alone after dark. It’s simply not safe outside the gates of campus. Just a few weeks ago, while students awaited a pizza to be delivered at the heart of Providence College’s campus, two young men drove down Huxley Avenue and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2014
Just under thirty people marched and chanted Tuesday afternoon in the pouring rain outside the Renaissance Providence Hotel to protest the suspension, pending termination, of Marino Cruz and Veronica Arias, two employees who have helped to lead the campaign to improve working conditions at the hotel.
By Bob Plain on December 9, 2014
“Like many Rhode Islanders,” Congressman David Cicilline said in an email to RI Future, “I’m saddened by the recent loss of life in Ferguson and New York City, and understand the frustration felt by so many Americans. We know that effective policing requires the trust and respect of the community and these events have undermined […]
By Steven Brown on December 9, 2014
The recent protests in Providence and around the country should remind us all of the importance of our free speech rights and the power a community can have when it makes its collective voice heard. Taking to a public square to express one’s political opinion is a longstanding tradition in American society and is a […]