Providence Biltmore Hotel

Scott MacKay Commentary
4:06 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Where To Put The Probation Office?

Downtown Providence, recently proposed as a location for a state probitition office.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / RIPR

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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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:34 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence Journal, We Knew Ye Well

The Providence Journal building in downtown Providence
Credit Emma Ruddock / RIPR

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.

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Morning News Podcast
9:56 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Monday, February 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.


Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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RI News
8:31 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Biltmore Hotel $16m Makeover

Front Door at Biltmore Hotel
Credit RIPR file

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.

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