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Education
9:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Roger Williams University Taking Over Former 38 Studios Building

The former headquarters of 38 Studios will soon be home to Roger Williams University's downtown Providence campus.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence.  The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.

One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students.  “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”

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Transportation
7:56 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Renovated Kennedy Plaza Set To Reopen Early Next Year

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, before its renovation.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority expects Kennedy Plaza in Providence to be ready for regular bus service in mid-January.  

The bus hub has been closed since the summer to accommodate safety and design improvements.  RIPTA says the project is taking longer than expected because of some needed changes.  The Kennedy Plaza improvements will include passenger-friendly shelters, lighted signage, trees, and automated ticketing machines.  

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Transportation
10:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

RIPTA To Update Public On Kennedy Plaza Reconstruction

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting today to discuss the ongoing construction and proposed changes to the public bussing hub Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.  There are some outspoken critics of the project.

The most vocal group, the RIPTA Riders Alliance says the project, which closes down some bus lanes, and relocates several bus stops is bad for passengers.   They say the changes will make it harder for riders, especially those who are older or handicapped, to make their buses safely and on time. 

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RI News
9:07 am
Wed June 4, 2014

'Superman' Building Owner Renews Call For State Support Of Rehab Project

Superman building owner is asking for $39M for to rehab, the now vacant building in downtown Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

The owner of the Superman Building in downtown Providence renewed his call Tuesday for a public-private partnership to revitalize the vacant skyscraper. But it remains unclear whether the state will provide $39 million in requested help.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth

RI job growth

It has become a Rhode Island cliché that Lincoln Chafee is a failed governor because he hasn’t done enough to create jobs in Rhode Island’s flagging economy.  This notion has been driven relentlessly by talk radio shills and the editorial and news pages of the state’s legacy print media outlets, some of which are groping for relevance in a reshaped media environment.

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RI News
8:56 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Revitalize 'Superman' Building

Providence's so-called Superman building has been vacant for the past two years. Efforts to rehab the building have yet to get off the ground.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill that would use $39 million in taxpayers’ money to revitalize the vacant Superman Building is slated for a Senate Finance committee hearing this Tuesday.  Lawmakers have been lukewarm about using a public subsidy for the Providence skyscraper.

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Providence
8:40 am
Tue February 11, 2014

New Life For The 'Superman' Building?

The 'Superman building' in downtown Providence has sat vacant since last April.
Credit RIPR FILE

There may be new hope for the tallest building in Rhode Island.  But efforts to rehab the so-called Superman building, in downtown Providence, failed just last year.

The 26 story building, built in 1928 went dark in April of last year, when its tenants, Bank of America, moved out. The owner, Massachusetts-based High Rock Development, proposed a plan to turn the office space into residences.

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The Bottom Line
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Bottom Line: Success Stories in Rhode Island

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark discuss the opening of the Arcade in downtown Providence and its significance for redevelopment of the downtown. They also analyze the record quarterly earnings of Washington Trust Bank, looking at how it happened and whether this is a model for other banks.

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RI News
8:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Shops Open As Historic Providence Arcade Gets New Life

The 1828 building the Providence Arcade now house 17 locally owned RI shops and restaurants.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

After sitting vacant for four years the Providence Arcade, one of the country’s oldest indoor shopping malls, has reopened.

Now the building, built in 1828, is getting a new life.

A bike shop, a jewelry store, and a café and bar were among the first wave of new stores to open in the newly renovated Arcade.

In all, eleven of the seventeen shops to be housed in the historic mall were ready for business during the first phase of its re-opening.

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RI News
1:49 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Iconic Downtown Diner 'Eddie and Son' Serves its Last Meals

Eddie And Son Diner has been operating out of it's Dorrance St. location for the last 20 years. Before that it was located on Westminster, Pine and Broadway.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

After more than 65 years in business, the iconic Providence eatery, Eddy and Son’s Diner is shutting its doors.

About a dozen customers sat scattered through the restaurant in the calm before the early lunch rush at Eddie and Son Diner in downtown Providence on their final day of business.

The restaurant has been serving affordable Italian and diner fare for the last 70 years, always taking only cash.

At the counter Connie Caputo, who runs the restaurant with her husband takes orders at the cash register.

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