Report recommends ways to revitalize Pawtucket’s downtown

PAWTUCKET – A new report aimed at revitalizing Pawtucket’s downtown recommends broad strategizing and concrete steps like rebuilding the downtown parking garage. Dubbed “Strengthening Downtown,” the report calls for planning and marketing as well as specific steps like expanding the city’s arts festival. The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Economic Development Administration wrote the report, which was…

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  1. What strategies are they talking about because from reading this I get just pablum and not a single innovative or original idea. In fact, they are moving away from ground floor retail in the garage because it is shabby and dangerous, so what is the new idea? Oh, I guess let’s just use it as a parking garage. Pawtucket needs a big, 10 year plan that is backed up with debt, maybe to the tune of $600 million, and approved by the voters, to fund infrastructure improvements all over the city and especially downtown. Private money is not coming through that door, so the city needs to catalyze a turnaround with public money. But are the officials and the citizens going to approve that kind of bold forward thinking, hell No!!! And that is why Pawtucket is sunk.

  2. The new Blackstone River Valley National Park parallels the Providence & Worcester (P&W) rail right of way from Worcester to East Providence and the Seekonk River Lift Bridge that connects this right of way to down town Providence via the old East Side Railroad Tunnel. A shuttle train commuter rail system using this P&W right of way could provide a private connection between Providence and Worcester. This shuttle commuter rail system would connect all parts of the new National Park and McCoy Stadium to Worcester and down town Providence. Commuter rails service would be the key to economic development in down town Pawtucket.