Beneath the surface of Providence’s parking woes

TAKING UP SPACE? A rendering showing downtown Providence's 70 acres of surface parking lots and its garages. / PBN ILLUSTRATION/DON LANDGREN JR.
TAKING UP SPACE? A rendering showing downtown Providence's 70 acres of surface parking lots and its garages. / PBN ILLUSTRATION/DON LANDGREN JR.
The façade of the former Providence National Bank building was supposed to have been incorporated into a new high rise, a luxury condominium tower for downtown Providence that never materialized after the economy soured. It now fronts a busy parking lot, a symbol of a congested, yet underdeveloped cityscape that Providence is trying to leave…

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  1. The absolute last person we should listen to about development in the city is Paolino. The only thing he’s ever developed is parking lots. He’s the source of most of the problems.