Kennedy Plaza

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A Providence police investigation of the August 24 th accident in which a Peter Pan bus driver hit and killed a Cumberland woman in Kennedy Plaza has resulted in no criminal charges against driver Matthew Reidy of Taunton, Mass. Michelle Cagnon, 30, of Cumberland was struck by a bus operated by Reidy as she was walking on Washington St. in Kennedy Plaza. She died as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The decision against criminal charges came after what police...

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Providence city officials plan to create a "day center" where homeless and others in need can seek assistance. Mayor Jorge Elorza made the announcement Thursday, as the city seeks to address complaints about panhandling and drug use in downtown. “The issues we are addressing today are not unique to Providence," Elorza said. "They are complex and multifaceted, but by coming together as community, we have the opportunity to make lasting change." The city plans to send out a request for...

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There have been three press-conferences over the past two days offering competing plans for dealing with homelessness, panhandling, and drug use in downtown Providence. Thursday, the mayor offered his vision. Issues of homelessness, drug use and panhandling have long existed in the city’s downtown, specifically Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park. The issues have increasingly been in public eye following Mayor Jorge Elorza’s decision not to enforce a panhandling ordinance. The move was applauded...

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If you watch too much television news or listen to too many politicians, you may have the impression that crime is on the rise. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why perceptions have not caught up with the drop in crime.

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The team will support Providence police already stationed there. The security team began work in downtown Providence at the start of July. The transit authority has hired the Allied Barton security firm. Workers will be posted at Kennedy plaza seven days a week. They are uniformed, but unarmed. Kennedy Plaza is one of the busiest bus hubs in the state. Recently the plaza underwent a major renovation, which opened up the space and installed security cameras. Even with the additional security...

The plan for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox in Providence has hit a roadblock. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses how this field of dreams turned into a nightmare.

The first Providence International Arts Festival, held last weekend, was such a success that Mayor Jorge Elorza is moving ahead with plans for another such celebration next year, said mayoral spokesman David Ortiz. Thousands thronged a downtown transformed into a giant music stage and pedestrian arts mall last Saturday and Sunday. ``It met our expectations and we’re looking to grow it in the future,’’ said Ortiz. The weather cooperated both days as the sun washed over downtown. ``We did get...

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, has revealed its policy for security cameras at Kennedy Plaza. Civil liberties advocates have raised questions about new cameras installed during a renovation of the downtown Providence transit hub. The authority says's is part of an effort to increase security. RIPTA says the cameras can only be accessed by the chief of security, and will be deleted after about a month. RIPTA rider Madonna Lowell says she feels a little safer. "I mean I feel safer...

Traffic Changes Coming To Downtown Providence

Dec 22, 2014
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Drivers in downtown Providence should take caution this week. The city is two-way traffic on roads that used to be one-way. A stretch of Exchange Terrace will be the first street to switch over for two-way traffic. The street runs parallel to the Kennedy Plaza Bus hub in the heart of downtown. The change is part of a larger project, as the bus hub is set to reopen following a major overhaul. City Planner Robert Azar said the goal is make it easier to get around downtown. “We also want to...

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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. The redesign also moves some of the bus stops out of...

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...

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Groups upset over changes to Kennedy Plaza rallied at City Hall in Providence Tuesday. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Riders alliance said proposed changes in bus services are the start of a push to move bus riders out of the central downtown location. Bus stops have moved out of Kennedy Plaza as construction continues, and not all of them will be reinstalled once the project is completed. Randall Rose is a spokesperson for the Riders Alliance group, and said moving the hub is a...

Kennedy Plaza Bus Stops Relocated For Summer

Jul 8, 2014
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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is relocating bus stops in Kennedy Plaza to nearby locations while the plaza is being renovated. With many buses traveling in and out, Kennedy Plaza is currently the hub of bus transportation in the city. The City of Providence plans to build a large civic space in the plaza and increase the efficiency of the bus stops and pedestrian walkways. The relocations will go into effect on Saturday, July 12th and will last until the work is completed in the...

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So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate. Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident. Rhode Island reporters could take a page from this first-things-first agenda. Before we...

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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. The bill introduced by Cranston Senator Joshua Miller calls for using 39 million dollars over four years to remake the Superman Building. The idea is to convert the iconic structure at 111 Westminster Street into a mixed-use development with...

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