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PROVIDENCE RANKED No. 6 on's 2018 Global Student Accommodation Indicator report. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Report: Providence ranks among most expensive student rents in world

PROVIDENCE – Providence is the sixth-most expensive place for students to find accommodations in the world, according to a report published by The...

Housing will get even less affordable

The United States housing sector has mostly recovered from the subprime mortgage-led collapse. The homeownership rate has started rising again, to 64.2 percent from...
LOOKING TO MAKE A CHANGE: Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan W. Fung is looking to reverse the outcome of the election four years ago, when he lost to Gina M. Raimondo for the top Rhode Island office. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fung’s back! Do voters share his despair over the state’s direction?

Allan W. Fung, the nine-year mayor of Cranston, has launched a second campaign for governor, once again targeting now-incumbent Gina M. Raimondo, and pointing...

Smaller households, bigger houses

The average U.S. household is 24 percent (or 0.82 people) smaller than it was in the early 1960s. This downtrend has flattened out a...
HOUSING AROUND: Barbara Fields, executive director at R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp., has earned a reputation as a passionate proponent of affordable housing. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fields improves how R.I. Housing fosters community, opportunity

Industry Leader, Social Services | Barbara Fields, R.I. Housing While Barbara Fields may not remember the exact moment she decided what she wanted to...
THE PROVIDENCE City Council on Thursday pushed forward a zoning change that would allow a New York developer to construct the city’s tallest building.Above, a rendering of the Hope Point Tower. / COURTESY FANE ORGANIZATION

Providence should not let past strangle its future potential

By rejecting the Fain Organization’s proposed changes to zoning in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District, the Providence City Plan Commission seems to be more...
ENOUGH BEING BUILT? Affordable housing advocates see this complex being built in Burrillville, Garvey Ledges Lane, as important for the state, but they see too few of these kinds of projects coming to fruition in Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Is there enough affordable housing in your town?

The 2017 Housing Fact Book from HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University notes that households earning the state’s median income of $56,852 in 2016...
A SIMPLE SOLUTION: R.I. Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields, pictured in the agency’s offices, believes one important step in tackling the state’s affordable-housing crisis is to build more housing.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Affordable housing is more than an inexpensive place to live

The inability of people – especially young people starting out in their careers with less than median salaries and high college debt – to...
SINGLE-FAMILY homes in Rhode Island cost a median price of $252,250 in the first quarter of 2018. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

R.I. single-family home prices tick up 9.7% in Q1

PROVIDENCE – Single-family home sales in Rhode Island declined 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 year over year, while prices rose nearly...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION of Rhode Island has appealed a Superior Court ruling on FHC V. City of Providence that prohibited more than three college students from living in non-owner-occupied single-family homes in certain residential areas. The case now proceeds to the R.I. Supreme Court.

ACLU appeals ruling in Providence student housing ordinance case

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is appealing a R.I. Superior Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of a Providence...
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