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The latest federal statistics on gross domestic product growth paint an improving picture in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area, but it is hardly a standout in the nation. From 2010-2015, the real gross domestic product … more
Problem: With one of the highest violent crime rates in the state, according to FBI statistics, the Central Falls Working Cities team has identified Sylvian Street as the epicenter of such problems. Absentee landlords, migratory tenants and a … more
Here are the problems and proposals coming from the competing communities, which include Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence and Westerly. more
Problem: East Providence is losing young adults, as the number of residents aged 25-34 years old fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2015. The East Providence Working Cities team has identified Riverside Square as an area where there's a large population … more
Problem: Although known for its mansions, Newport has issues with poverty, education and mobility. The Newport Working Cities team reports subpar graduation rates – 79 percent – high child-poverty rates – 24.4 percent – and a mass exodus, as … more
Problem: The capital city has a skills problem. In 2000 the unemployment rate for residents in the labor force totaled 9.3 percent, compared with 13.7 percent in 2014. The Providence Working Cities team has also identified a skills gap between … more
Problem: Beachcombers who frequent Westerly's coastline might not get to see the North End neighborhood, which is struggling. Last school year, more than 53 percent of students attending Springbrook Elementary were eligible for subsidized lunch – … more
Problem: The Pawtucket unemployment rate exceeds state and national averages, while 32.1 percent of children younger than 18, and 15.2 percent of adults older than 65 are living in poverty. The majority of people in these demographics are immigrants … more
Problem: Despite marginal population growth since 2000, the Cranston Working Cities team says the city is losing economic ground, as the poverty rate has grown from 8 percent in 2000 to 11.2 percent in 2010. A growing economic divide between eastern … more
Traditionally, economists think of themselves as policy advisers. Politicians and their appointees make the laws, levy the taxes, set the regulations, make spending decisions and chart the course of monetary policy; economists stand at their side, … more
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