By Steve Ahlquist on October 5, 2017
The hearing is scheduled for 2 PM tomorrow in conference room 2B of the state Department of Administration Building, 1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908.
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By Barry Schiller on August 24, 2017
We all could use some good news, and here is an example: prospects for more, better and safer bicycling in Rhode Island are looking up. This is good news for several reasons. One is better health, the drive-everywhere culture is one of the factors in increasing obesity and ill-health. And biking, close to true “fossil free” travel […]
By Barry Schiller on May 22, 2017
“Bike Week,” just celebrated here and throughout the country, has come and gone, so now is a good time for an assessment. In short, the outlook for biking is decidedly mixed. Most are aware that biking is a healthy, non-polluting (almost fossil-free!) and usually enjoyable way to travel. The speed of a bicycle is often best to appreciate […]
By David Riley on February 11, 2017
National Grid proposes to replace 100-year old towers with new ones that would leave overhead power lines dominating the waterfront, so the Board’s decision on this issue will shape our waterfront for the next century.
Posted in Activism, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged David Riley, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, FIPP, Friends of India Point Park, jorge elorza, national grid, RI Department of Transportation, ridot, Robin Muksian | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
The effort to prevent the privatization of public schools will be that much more difficult in the era of Trump.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 22, 2016
Rhode Island has plenty of infrastructure to offer corporations looking to privatize. One school is not of interest but a bunch of schools, say, a $100 million worth, would be a target. Or perhaps a collection of waste water treatment plants could be bundled into an appropriate project.
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By Alex Krogh Grabbe Ellis on December 9, 2016
I’ve been talking up a progressive, urban solution for the 6-10 Connector almost as long as James Kennedy has. So I was excited and cautious and skeptical yesterday at the press event revealing the compromise plan for the corridor negotiated between RIDOT and the City of Providence. There were words from Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2016
The way is being paved for the massive expansion of public-private partnerships in Rhode Island, putting public goods and public spaces, such as water, schools, jails, courthouse and even public parks and broadband internet at risk of corporate ownership and control.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Rhode Island, Burns and Levinson, CIRI, Commerce RI, Commission to Study the Upgrade of Facilities by Encouraging Private Investment in Qualifying Projects, Construction Industries of Rhode Island, Daniel Egan, Gary Ezovski, john simmons, John Smolen, Joseph Shekarchi, Mandeep Tiwana, Michael McNally, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, NCPPP, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy, Nossaman LLP, P3s, public-private partnerships, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Rhode Island State House, RI Small Business Economic Summit, Richard Bernardo, ridot, Sean O Coffey, Tim Scanlon | 2 Responses
By Spencer Grassie on October 26, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The city has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
By Spencer Grassie on October 25, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The City has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
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 transportprovidence on October 4, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza appeared with his team from Providence Planning to present a draft proposal for the 6/10 Connector Monday night. The plan took the form of a parkway.
By Bob Plain on September 7, 2016
“Not at all,” said Emily Crowell when asked if the mayor agrees with the governor that the boulevard idea is unfeasible because of the emergency repairs the announced today. “We’re not abandoning the idea to make the 6/10 connector multi-modal.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2016
It would be easy to see Coit’s suggestion, which was approved unanimously by the board, as indicative of a concern about environmental impacts and as a response to the concerns of community members who have spoken at one or more of the open comment hearings held in Burrillville, but in reality Coit’s suggestion may be no more than an attempt to make sure all the bases are covered.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, janet coit, Margaret Curran, MTBE, Ocean State Power Plant, Parag Agrawal, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Department of Transportation, RIDEM, ridot, Todd Bianco | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 9, 2016
“I don’t know if we can get you in,” said Leo Skenyon, Nicholas Mattiello’s chief of staff, “We’ve got over 130 people coming, and priority will be given to Cranston residents. We might get you into the basement with a TV. You’ll be able to hear the answers, but you might not hear the questions.”
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By transportprovidence on March 30, 2016
Last Wednesday, RIDOT presented what it is calling a “boulevard-highway hybrid” model of the 6/10 Connector. I’ve dubbed their proposal “6/10 Dig” because it replicates the mistakes of the “Big Dig” in Boston. Our proposal at Moving Together Providence continues to be a true 6/10 Boulevard. Kevin Proft at Eco RI News has done the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 14, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced plans for a 1.4 mile “Enhanced Transit Corridor” in Downtown Providence.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2016
EFSB Chair Margaret Curran said that because of the “tight time schedule” it’s critical that the board get advisory opinions “as soon as possible,” raising the question as to why the board feels the need to rush Invenergy’s application process.
The EFSB also denied all but two motions that were brought before it today.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, News | Tagged clean power plan, Clean Water Act, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Environmental Management, Department of Health, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, janet coit, Margaret Curran, Occupy Providence, Office of Energy Resources, Paul Roselli, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI Administration for Planning, RI Public Utilities Commission, ridot, RIPDA, RIPUC | 6 Responses
By Jennifer Siciliano on December 9, 2015
If you want a say in what transportation projects will and won’t be completed in your community, then I’d like to tell you about RI’s new Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. There have been some concerning changes in how the State advances its transportation program, and you may have less than a month to affect […]
By RI Future on October 7, 2015
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, International News, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, Gina Raimondo, Jane W. Koster, Justin Silverman, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, ridot, Steven Brown | Leave a response