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Newport’s North End could soon see revitalization

In the area of redevelopment, Keith W. Stokes says, Newport has been at a disadvantage for years. Other Rhode Island communities, such as Providence and...
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A streetcar goes down Charles Street in New Orleans, one of the spots where
Collette Vacations is taking a tour group this month.

Collette works to revive tourism in New Orleans

Collette Vacations has been taking tour groups to New Orleans for more than half a century, lodging them in the heart of the French...

Casino gambling a perennial hot topic since ’90s

The town-wide “straw vote” on a Narragansett Indian casino in West Warwick came on a day so hot in June 1999 that then-Gov. Lincoln...

Downtown tries to lure more retail

Vacancy rates down but cost remains a deterrent Last December, the vibrant window design at Biggles toy store looked like the embodiment of the momentum...
A ROOFTOP TERRACE is one of many luxury touches added to the former Peerless Building when Cornish Associates turned the old department store in downtown Providence into loft-style apartments.

‘Perfect storm’ leads to housing boom in the city

During the recession of the early 1990s, housing development in Providence slowed along with the city’s real estate values. Just ask Arnold “Buff” Chace...
PBN Photo From May 16, 2005/courtesy Waterfire
WaterFire Providence has become a major tourist attraction, drawing more than 1.1 million people to Providence in 2004, with a direct economic impact of $33.2 million, according to studies.

Tourism flourishes, yields billions for R.I. economy

It looked like difficult times for Rhode Island’s travel economy when David DePetrillo became the state’s tourism director in 1983. Providence had just come out...
PBN photo/Frank Mullin
GRADUATE STUDENTS at Brown's new Microsoft Center for Pen-Centric Computing are working on new technologies such as the MusicPad, above, which allows composers to hand-write music notes on a tablet PC.

Microsoft pledges $1.2M for Brown pen technology

If words are your language, a keyboard is your friend. With a little help from a mouse, you can easily enter text, edit it...
PBN Photo from Jan. 7, 1991
Shortly after his inauguration in January 1991, Gov. Bruce Sundlun, above, second from right, ordered several credit unions to close. Below, an angry depositor expressed
his concerns to state officials at a meeting.

Credit union crisis shook R.I., left deep scars

Throngs of angry depositors gathered in the parking lot outside of Woonsocket’s Marquette Credit Union in the summer of 1991. Like thousands of Rhode...
PBN front page from Nov. 3, 2003Fleet Rhode Island headquarters in Providence on Oct. 27, the day it was announced the the bank would be aquired

Change has been constant in R.I. banking scene

In just three years, a sign in front of a bank on Wakefield’s Main Street bore three different names. First it was Rhode Island...

Competitor sues Acushnet over golf ball patents

The Acushnet Co. had two days to bask in the glory of its fourth consecutive year of record operating income and revenue, because Feb....
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