Group looks to preserve historic character of Benefit Street

NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATES: Mile of History Association board members, from left, William Deveney, treasurer; Linda Getgen, founding member; and Vincent Buonono, president, in front of 52 Benefit St. in Providence. The nonprofit was formed to advocate for the surrounding neighborhood.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATES: Mile of History Association board members, from left, William Deveney, treasurer; Linda Getgen, founding member; and Vincent Buonono, president, in front of 52 Benefit St. in Providence. The nonprofit was formed to advocate for the surrounding neighborhood.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Benefit Street in Providence is an architectural gem, a historic street that reflects the homes and businesses of the 1700s and 1800s. But it’s also a real neighborhood, where people live, and it’s starting to show some strain. The Mile of History Association, a new nonprofit, has formed in the hope of drawing more attention…

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