downtown Providence en 'Superman' Building Owner Renews Call For State Support Of Rehab Project <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:07:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 34645 at 'Superman' Building Owner Renews Call For State Support Of Rehab Project Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth <p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:48:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 34615 at Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth Lawmakers Consider Bill To Revitalize 'Superman' Building <p>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.&nbsp; Lawmakers have been lukewarm about using a public subsidy for the Providence skyscraper.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:56:55 +0000 Ian Donnis 34581 at Lawmakers Consider Bill To Revitalize 'Superman' Building New Life For The 'Superman' Building? <p>There may be new hope for the tallest building in Rhode Island.&nbsp; But efforts to rehab the so-called Superman building, in downtown Providence, failed just last year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:40:38 +0000 John Bender 28957 at New Life For The 'Superman' Building? The Bottom Line: Success Stories in Rhode Island <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 23771 at The Bottom Line: Success Stories in Rhode Island Shops Open As Historic Providence Arcade Gets New Life <p>After sitting vacant for four years the Providence Arcade, one of the country’s oldest indoor shopping malls, has reopened.</p><p>Now the building, built in 1828, is getting a new life.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:47:58 +0000 John Bender 23585 at Shops Open As Historic Providence Arcade Gets New Life Iconic Downtown Diner 'Eddie and Son' Serves its Last Meals <p>After more than 65 years in business, the iconic Providence eatery, Eddy and Son’s Diner is shutting its doors.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>The restaurant has been serving affordable Italian and diner fare for the last 70 years, always taking only cash.</p><p>At the counter Connie Caputo, who runs the restaurant with her husband takes orders at the cash register.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:49:31 +0000 John Bender 20549 at Iconic Downtown Diner 'Eddie and Son' Serves its Last Meals City of Providence Unveils Ad-Campaign for Summer Tourists <p>While most Rhode Islanders are out drinking up the joys of beach life this summer, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is trying to lure them back into the city in a series of television and radio ads that started running last week.</p><p></p><p>The ads highlight popular tourism spots in the capital city and try to allay people’s concerns about parking, saying:</p><p>“Whoever said there’s no parking in downtown Providence needs to come visit us. We have over 15,000 parking spaces. The city’s in bloom this summer with fabulous restaurants, concerts and more.”</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:28:53 +0000 Flo Jonic 19171 at City of Providence Unveils Ad-Campaign for Summer Tourists Restored Providence Arcade announces new tenants <p>The Arcade Providence is announcing a new round of retail tenants. The historic Arcade downtown has attracted Adirah, Kingston Crafts, ArchAngels, Luniac Glamour and Ntrendsic.</p><p>Adirah is a Providence gallery concentrating on authentic African art. ArchAngels Threading Studio restores brows that have been damaged by over-tweezing, bad waxing or threading by inexperienced threaders.</p><p>Kingston Crafts specializes in locally made and antique furniture restoration. The Arcade represents the firm’s first retail location.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:17:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 18820 at Businesses Surge in Downtown Providence <p>The Providence Downtown Improvement District is out with its annual business guide and it shows a surge of new business for the city center area.</p><p>The guide shows 13 new restaurants and shops opened last year. Thirty-five new businesses have opened their doors in the past two years.&nbsp; And this is just in the downtown area. It does not include College Hill, Federal Hill or other popular business districts.</p><p>Joelle Kanter of the Providence Downtown Improvement District said the new businesses run the gamut.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:14:20 +0000 Flo Jonic 16652 at