One Square Mile

About once a year, our newsroom will devote an entire week to cover one square mile of Rhode Island from a diversity of angles: politics, education, health care, the economy, its character and history.

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One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay
3:51 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Public Forum: How Fisheries Are Adapting To Changes in Narragansett Bay

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Environmental Reporter, Ambar Espinoza will host a public forum and conversation on the changing fisheries in Narragansett Bay.

This forum will be broadcast live on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Rhode Island Public Radio: 88.1 FM/102.7 FM/91.5 FM and RIPR.ORG.

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Local Features
3:28 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

One Square Mile: A Public Forum on the Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch and Scott MacKay with RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie and Ben Hall of Hall Spars and Rigging.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

A forum featuring Bristol boat builders and industry leaders discussing how the boat building industry is recovering from the bottom dropping out during the financial crisis of 2008.  Recorded Thursday, October 10th at the Bristol Elks Lodge.


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Environment
3:55 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Quahoggers

PJ Russo in his boat off the Bristol Harbor.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Quahoging has long been a major industry in the town of Bristol, situated right on the waterfront.  But as the population of local fishermen ages, and market prices plummet, the industry faces some serious threats.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went out on a boat with a young quahogger to find out more about the town's historic industry.

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Local Features
3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol, A Town In Photos

Courtesy Manuel C. Correira

Throughout his career Bristol native Manuel "Manny" C. Correira has been a sports journalist, columnist, and photographer, in Rhode Island for the East Bay Newspapers and the Providence Journal.

As part of our One Square Mile: Bristol series, he graciously curated some of his best shots of his hometown for use in the series.

Education
9:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Regionalized School District

Field and fans at a Mt. Hope High School football game.
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol, Rhode Island is home to one of the largest consolidated school districts in the state, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District. For today’s installment of our series One Square Mile Bristol, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, wanted to find out whether regionalizing has been a success.

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Local Features
5:34 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Marine Industry Mixes Tradition And Innovation

Boats in the water at Bristol Marine, a full-service repair and boarding operation.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Bristol boat building industry has its roots in the late 19th Century, when the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company built boats for the Navy and yachts that successfully defended the America’s Cup. A lot has changed since then, but maritime industries still form an important part of Bristol’s economy. The work being done by Bristol’s current generation of maritime companies ranges from the traditional to the cutting edge.

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One Square Mile: Bristol
4:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Public Forum: The Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A forum featuring Bristol boat builders and industry leaders discussing how the boat building industry is recovering from the bottom dropping out during the financial crisis of 2008.

Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Bristol Elks Lodge

1 Constitution Street, Bristol RI

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OSM: Block Island
4:41 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

One Square Mile: Block Island memories

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several listeners responded to our request for Block Island memories. One listener gave us more than 20 memories, another told us how he met his wife on the island, and another gave us a fascinating story of adventure on the island.

Not all of the memories made it on the air, so we laced them together for this special addition to our online coverage of One Square Mile: Block Island.

Enjoy.

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OSM: Block Island
4:53 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

One Square Mile: The story of the Southeast Lighthouse

The Southeast Lighthouse.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

Providence, RI – In 1875, workers constructed the Southeast Lighthouse on the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs. It worked for more than a century to help keep sailors safe. But in the 1990s, erosion forced the islanders to make a decision: save the lighthouse, or let it fall into the sea.

Islanders chose the former. And the Southeast Lighthouse continues to shine. But the story of the Southeast Lighthouse is something more.

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OSM: Block Island
4:53 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

One Square Mile: Justin Lewis takes the baton

The abandoned Solviken restaurant.
Photo courtesy of Block Island Conservancy.

Providence, RI – Over the last 40 years or so, residents of Block Island have worked to conserve nearly half of the island. But there's still more work to do. So Justin Lewis who is continuing the effort. Lewis is in his thirties, and a surfer. But he's also the next generation of a family that's synonymous with conservation on the island.

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