Elorza to invest $4.3M on Broad Street in Providence

PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. Elorza proposes an overall 2.3 percent increase to fiscal 2018 budget. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS
PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. Elorza proposes an overall 2.3 percent increase to fiscal 2018 budget. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza last week announced the city would put $4.3 million toward investments along the Broad Street corridor in Providence.

The first-term mayor said the funds would go toward bike and pedestrian safety improvements and cultural tourism initiatives to help revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods.

“There is so much happening on Broad Street, which is why locals know it to be a great destination for food, entertainment and nightlife and art,” Elorza said in a statement. “I’m excited to announce our increased investments to encourage even more visitors to experience Broad Street’s unique offering in the years to come.”

The city also announced a “Celebrate Broad Street initiative,” a cultural tourism partnership with the Providence Warwick Convention Visitors Bureau, Rhode Island Latino Arts, Quisqueya in Action, City Walk and other community stakeholders.

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The initiative is designed to develop marketing tools to promote cultural events happening along Broad Street. Calendar listings can be found on www.artsnowri.com.

“Experiential travel is a big trend in our industry. Visitors want to really explore a city and see more of its people and culture,” said Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a statement. “We work very closely with Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism to identify unique projects like Celebrate Broad Street that tell the story of an exciting neighborhood and of the city’s vibrant Latino culture.”

Eli Sherman is a PBN staff writer.

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