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Rents remain stable through turmoil

In a volatile economy and real estate market, Rhode Island rents have been a source of stability. Unlike sales prices, rents in the Ocean State...

Providence sees jump in advanced-degree holders

What do Providence, Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis all have in common? According to a recent study, their workforces are filling with the kind of brainy,...
STAYING CURRENT: Several companies, including Fidelity Investments, are implementing electric-vehicle charging stations for their employees. Above, a car charges in the company’s parking garage at 900 Salem St. in Smithfield. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Push on for electric-car adoption

At times, 2013 felt like the year of the electric car in Rhode Island. Helped by federal stimulus funds, the state financed the construction of...
BACK ON THE ROAD: Land sought by Newport leaders to host the North End Innovation Hub, shown above in purple, includes space freed up by the removal of the elevated highway leading to the Pell Bridge and the former Newport Naval Hospital property. / COURTESY CITY OF NEWPORT

Newport dead end seen as road to diversification

It’s known in Newport as the “road to nowhere.” That’s been the legacy of a stub of highway extending off the Pell Bridge in the...
FRUITS OF LABOR: While the overall construction-labor market hasn’t entirely rebounded, there are growing demands in certain specialty areas. Above, Picerne Homes vinyl-siding installers Hugo Caal, foreground, and Jose Alfredo Garcia work on a home in Cranston. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rebuilding labor pool in trades

A few years ago, a labor shortage in the building trades in the Providence area seemed difficult to imagine. With the housing bubble burst and...

Long-planned pedestrian bridge closer to reality

The first permanent structure to rise from Providence’s Interstate 195 lands almost certainly won’t be a new office or apartment building, but the long-planned...

Survey: Manufacturers lacking growth practices

Are America’s small manufacturers poised for a resurgence or vulnerable to new technological disruption? According to a survey of more than 3,000 U.S. companies about...
NEW CENTURY: Edge International founder Gerry Riskin says there are people in the process of starting franchise operations similar to Century 21 for law. / COURTESY GERRY RISKIN

Lawyers no longer only purveyors of legal services

Most industries experience periods of disruptive change – so why not law? Historically sheltered – by custom, regulation and steady demand – from the market...

MOVING FORWARD? Despite gaining a $13 million federal grant, it is unclear if Providence is any closer to building a streetcar system such as shown in this rendering of the corner of Washington and Empire streets. In addition, none of the candidates for mayor of Providence or governor of Rhode Island seem anxious to weigh in the topic. / COURTESY STUDIO AMDT

Candidates wary of streetcar

Even a $13 million federal grant hasn’t convinced candidates for governor or mayor of Providence to embrace a proposed city streetcar system. Pitched as...

Argentine debt clash: Who blinks?

Argentina is in default again, but its latest predicament is far from your garden-variety sovereign debt crisis. This time South America’s second-largest economy has...

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