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RI News
7:23 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Report Shows Minorities Disproportionately Affected by Foreclosure Crisis

Rhode Island’s foreclosure crisis has taken a much higher toll on people of color than on whites, according to a report released Wednesday by the group DARE – Direct Action for Rights and Equality.  The report focuses on foreclosures in the capital city, where homeowners have lost tens of millions of dollars in wealth to foreclosed properties.

Between 2006 and 2012 Providence homeowners lost more than 200 million dollars in wealth due to the foreclosure crisis, according to “Wasted Wealth,” a report by the group Direct Action for Rights and Equality.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:23 am
Mon May 20, 2013

What to Do With Providence's Empty Dynamo House

The Dynamo House sits on Providence's waterfront.
Credit Jef Nickerson / FLICKR

The Dynamo House, the century-old onetime Narragansett Electric power station, now sits as a forlorn reminder of what once thrived along Providence’s downtown waterfront.  And as Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay notes, it now stands as a guard to the old Jewelry District that state and city officials are trying to rebrand as a Knowledge District.

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RI News
3:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

RIPTA Making It Easier For PawSox Fans On Sundays

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is trying something new to make it easier for PawSox fans to get to McCoy Stadium.   

For Sunday Home Games beginning May 19th, fans may be picked up at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence for the games.  Regular one way fare is $2.00 and a total of $4.00 for a round trip.  Fans may also buy regular monthly passes for $62.00.  Twenty Minutes after the game, fans are able to catch a ride back to Kennedy plaza.  RIPTA and the PawSox plan to continue to promote the service to fans during each game. 

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The Bottom Line
4:11 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The Bottom Line: What's Next for the Superman Building?

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 it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Grow Smart Rhode Island executive director Scott Wolf. They discuss proposals for the Superman Building, the costs of such development,  urban residential living and trends in downtown office buildings.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri May 10, 2013

'Playful Providence' Encourages Kids to Get Outside and Play

Providence kicks off a 5-month celebration of children’s play Saturday with a pop up play day at India Point Park. The Providence Children’s Museum will be on hand with all kinds of different material, so kids can build forts, play games and get creative. Museum Director Janice O’Donnell says this type of free playtime is important for cognitive and social development.

"We know that children need to play, and we know that children’s time and space for free, self-directed kid-powered play has been declining, and it is certainly a goal of the children’s museum to bring back play."

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Kane says Many Suitors Should be Considered for former I-195 land

Colin Kane, chairman of the I-195 redevelopment commission, joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about development, Providence, and what's next for the land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Political Roundtable: Kane on the Next Steps for the I-195 land

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Colin Kane, chairman of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission, joins the Roundtable this week to talk about what's next for the land made available by the relocation of I-195, debate over the future of the state Economic Development Corporation, and other topics.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

WaterFire Recieves National Arts Grant

Credit Heather Katsoulis / FLICKR

WaterFire Providence, the organization which runs the public art installation, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will fund a wide variety of new art projects along the WaterFire route, said managing director Peter Mello.

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RI News
6:58 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Kennedy Plaza May Soon Get New Look

Providence's Kennedy Plaza may undergo renovations.
Credit Natalie Jablonski/RIPR

A plan to fill Kennedy Plaza in Providence with a mix of pedestrian-friendly activities will be announced Thursday evening.

    

The effort to populate Kennedy Plaza with more people is being led by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. The group’s head, Cliff Wood, said it will take time and a mix of millions of dollars in public and private money to reach the goal. The vision is to fill Kennedy Plaza with a variety of uses, like transit, shopping, socializing, concerts, a beer garden and children’s programs.

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Business
10:08 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Urban Farm Supply Store Draws Debate

About a hundred people rallied Sunday in support of a new garden supply store.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison/RIPR

A new farm and garden supply store on the West Side of Providence has become a source of neighborhood controversy.  Residents rallied Sunday in support of the business called Cluck!.

About a hundred people sipped coffee and munched on scones at the Sunday morning rally.  They were there to support a new store that aims to supply small growers and chicken farmers in the city.  Community member Alice Danahy says the storefront, which used to be an abandoned gas station, was an eyesore.

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