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TAKING CONTROL: Providence Mayor-elect Brett Smiley says striking new payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements with many of the city’s nonprofit institutions is one of the most important tasks his administration will undertake next year. 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS… Simmering financial issues await Mayor-elect Smiley

Brett Smiley is no stranger to Providence City Hall. In 2015 and 2016, he was chief operating officer for Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. On...
GEARING UP: Providence Mayor-elect Brett Smiley says he’s ready to take on a host of challenges facing the city. 

Mayor-elect Smiley readies for host of city challenges

Providence Mayor-elect Brett Smiley will hit the ground running in January on a host of challenges facing the city. After winning the Democratic primary, he...

Providence business community still worried about bike lanes

It’s been more than a year since Providence installed a bike lane on South Water Street despite opposition from businesses, but it’s apparently done...
TRANSIT ADVOCATE: Providence City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Nirva LaFortune, one of three Democrats running for Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s seat, is an avid cyclist and transportation advocate who plans to continue and expand Elorza’s Great Streets Initiative.

LEGACY RACE: Will Providence’s next mayor keep their predecessor’s big ideas...

Term-limited Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza doesn’t let criticism stop him. That’s been especially true in the past year, as he’s raced not toward...
FITTING IN: Liza Burkin, organizer for the Providence Streets Coalition, uses new bike lanes on the Clifford Street bridge in Providence. The new lanes are part of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s hotly debated Great Streets Initiative to connect the city’s neighborhoods through bike lanes.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

City’s disjointed bike lanes need more study, community buy-in

If you build it, will they come? While the answer was yes in the charming case of the Iowa ballfield made famous in the 1989...

New strategy to ease bike backlash is limited

Hoping to curb some of the resistance to bike lanes, street safety and cycling advocates are trying a different approach by offering a preview...

Providence’s ‘urban trails’ plan draws objections

Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza rolled out his Great Streets Initiative master plan on Jan. 27, but it didn’t take long for some residents...
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