Downtown Providence nightlife is safe and flourishing today

To the Editor: In the Aug. 26 edition of Providence Business News, Jim Vickers was profiled about a music venue he is opening (“Decade after nightclub tragedy, live music back in town.”). In it he referred to the nightlife environment in downtown Providence. More

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OP-ED / LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Downtown Providence nightlife is safe and flourishing today

Posted 9/16/13

To the Editor:

In the Aug. 26 edition of Providence Business News, Jim Vickers was profiled about a music venue he is opening (“Decade after nightclub tragedy, live music back in town.”). In it he referred to the nightlife environment in downtown Providence.

Much progress has been made on making downtown Providence a vibrant and safe place to experience some of the best nightlife in Rhode Island. The mayor, City Council, Board of Licenses, police, colleges and property owners, residents and club owners have been working together in a coalition called the Hospitality Resource Partnership to bring about changes to make the downtown thrive.

Our live music venues, including Lupos, AS220, Roots, The Spot, Sidebar Bistro, Aspire, Local 121, RiRa’s and others, have stellar reputations for quality musical experiences in safe environments. When you add to this the incredible mix of restaurants, bars, world-class performance venues, galleries and special events, downtown is gaining a reputation for a diverse, vital nightlife.

Frank LaTorre

Director of Public Space for the Downtown Improvement District, chairman of the Hospitality Resource Partnership

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