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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