By Barry Schiller on October 24, 2016
Have you heard about the $17 million “Downtown Enhanced Transit Corridor” grant that the city of Providence received for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to develop a 6-stop enhanced bus corridor to run from the Providence Railroad station to a new bus hub in the hospital district? Its largely the route originally planned to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 23, 2016
“These two Providence residents should not be forced to defend themselves in a court of law for exercising petition rights granted them by the City Charter. The ACLU urges Councilor Jackson to amend his complaint and remove these two private citizens as defendants.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence | Tagged first amendment, Karina Holyoak Wood, Kevin Jackson, Patricia Kammerer, Providence, Providence Board of Canvassers, Providence City Charter, Providence City Council, RI ACLU, SLAPP Suit, steve brown | 1 Response
By Greg Gerritt on September 26, 2016
Some of the landlords who own downtown Providence, and some of their allies, have decided that Kennedy Plaza and its surrounding area would become much more valuable real estate if they could cause the bus depot and all of the low income people who are drawn to the bus depot and/or the city center in general, to disappear.
By Alan Flam on September 19, 2016
The issue of panhandling in Providence has been the subject of news articles, opinion columns and letters to the editor. The recent letter from Bishop Tobin and comments from Joseph Paolino, chairman of the Downtown Improvement District motivate me to present some alternative views. I applaud the efforts of the Downtown Improvement District’s (DID) willingness […]
By Bob Plain on September 19, 2016
The Community Safety Act, a citizen-proposed ordinance that would address racial profiling and other abuses of power by police, was heard by the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council last week. While only six members of the council attended – Council President Luis Aponte, Kevin Jackson, Michael Correia, Sam Zurier, Mary Kay Harris and […]
By Bob Plain on September 15, 2016
One day after a botched press conference on a similar subject, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza brought together a big group of state and city officials, as well as advocates and activists, to announce a new plan to address panhandling, poverty and homelessness in downtown. “As we see increased homelessness and increased panhandlers, this is a […]
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 Bob Plain on August 26, 2016
Providence doesn’t need or want an LNG facility, said Mayor Jorge Elorza on Thursday. “With all the information that I have seen on this matter, a liquefied natural gas plant is clearly not in the best interest of the city and I do not want to see the project move forward,” said the first term mayor […]
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 Bob Plain on August 22, 2016
Joe Paolino, who is spearheading an effort to address panhandling in Providence, told RI Future he is committed to addressing systemic poverty rather than moving poor people away from his real estate empire. “I think I and other business people should pony up some dollars to try to help toward that,” he said. “It’s not […]
By Bob Plain on August 10, 2016
Progressive legislative candidates Marcia Ranglin-Vassell and Moira Walsh are imploring the state to “act with urgency” on a distressed dam that could destroy parts of their Providence districts if it fails.
By Bob Plain on August 9, 2016
House Majority Leader John DeSimone is the latest Democrat to be hampered by allegations of improper conduct as the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission alleging the longtime Providence lawmaker was paid by an organization that benefited from legislative largess and that he failed to disclose back […]
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 Bob Plain on August 2, 2016
The Providence City Council extended a tax break for the developers of a mixed use project on Valley Street because an anchor tenant relocated to Johnston.
By Bob Plain on July 26, 2016
Olneyville is getting an upgrade as two new commercial spaces and 36 new affordable housing units, in 14 different buildings spread throughout the neighborhood, will be developed by next summer as part of a new $10.4 million project being called Amherst Gardens. “We are excited to be starting construction,” said Wendy Nicholas, the executive director […]
By Andrew Stewart on July 15, 2016
The answer to why public school teachers are absent so often is easily explained if you ever walk into our under-funded school buildings that have gone decades without serious renovations and are host to a variety of workplace hazards. Perhaps Gov. Raimondo is right to be concerned. “I use the example that our buildings are […]
By Bob Plain on July 13, 2016
Appearing before the Providence Board of Canvassers today, Rep. John Carnevale said he does in fact live at the Providence address where he is registered to vote in spite of a WPRI investigative report that indicated he may live in Johnston, outside of the district he was elected to serve. He said he receives mail […]
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police are reviewing a video that shows an officer punching a woman in the face several times and dragging her down a flight of stairs by either her hair or the nape of her neck. The incident was first reported by NBC10. “We are reviewing it,” said Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare. Police believe the […]
By Bob Plain on June 21, 2016
Rep. John Carnevale will have to prove to the Providence Board of Canvassers that he lives in the district he represents. The two-person board of canvassers agreed today that “there is reasonable cause to suggest that John Carnevale … is not in fact eligible to vote,” according to a verbal draft of the resolution compelling […]
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 […]