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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...
THE HOUSING NETWORK of Rhode Island announced its 2018 awardees which will be honored at its annual meeting on May 21.

Housing Network of Rhode Island announces 2018 awardees, annual meeting

PROVIDENCE - The Housing Network of Rhode Island will mark a year of progress in affordable housing at its annual meeting on May 21,...
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The older affluent are opting to downsize, compared with the vast
swaths of square footage some of their younger counterparts
of means are after – 23 percent of them want at least 20,000. / Source: Luxury Portfolio International

Survey: Rich millennials want huge luxury homes

A new generation of affluent homebuyers powered by a surge in inherited wealth is driving the luxury-home market, demanding larger spaces and fancier finishes,...

Bad start for Fannie, Freddie reforms

This was supposed to be the year the U.S. government would finally address one of the biggest pieces of unfinished business from the 2008...
PROGRESSING: From left, Cliff Wood, executive director of The Providence Foundation, talks with Kat Boots, project coordinator, and Jen Smith, programming director. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With Cliff Wood

1 How do you feel about Providence’s current economic climate? Providence is on the move more noticeably and intensively than it has been in a...

Left-behind cities get their turn

The past decade has divided U.S. geography into haves and have nots. The haves: educated, wealthy communities in large metro areas such as New...
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