Providence Biltmore Hotel

The Providence Biltmore has completed a multi-million dollar renovation of its historic lobby and guest rooms, and other parts of the hotel.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay said the 1922 hotel has a prominent place in Rhode Island political history, including several stays by John F. Kennedy.

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The plan to locate a state probation office on Fountain Street in downtown Providence is dead. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the debate on where it ought to go may be just beginning.

After an outcry ignited by Angus Davis, one of Rhode Island’s top young high-tech entrepreneurs, Governor Lincoln Chafee’s administration has pulled back a proposal to move a state probation office from a gritty South Providence neighborhood to a downtown venue nestled among the Providence Journal Building, The Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Biltmore Hotel.

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For nearly two centuries, the Providence Journal has been Rhode Island’s most important news organization. Now that it is up for sale, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us the ProJo’s  storied  past and uncertain future.

When the first edition of the Providence Journal  was printed in 1829, it was a four-page broadsheet hand pressed into paper fashioned from recycled linen rags.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Feb 25, 2013

RI defense companies are concerned about pending federal program cuts. A PC professor does not think a cardinal from this region will be elected pope.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   And Political Commentator Scott MacKay wonders why municipalities in RI have a hard time working together.

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The Biltmore Hotel $16m Makeover

Feb 25, 2013
Front Door at Biltmore Hotel
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The Providence Biltmore Hotel is undergoing a $16 million makeover.  Owner Todd Finard says the heating, cooling and ventilation system is being completely replaced and all the rooms will be redecorated.