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Tale of 2 bike lanes: Providence moves ahead with contested South...

PROVIDENCE – Providence has pumped the brakes on a contested two-way bike lane along Mount Pleasant Avenue. But similar concerns have not stopped the city...

City lawmakers, police double down on ATVs; 52 seized in 1...

PROVIDENCE - City lawmakers are doubling down on taking illegal all-terrain vehicles off the streets as police also renew their own pursuit policies, seizing...

City lawmakers, law enforcement leaders clash over how to address crime...

PROVIDENCE - Longstanding tensions over violent crime, illegal all-terrain vehicles and funding for police in the city were laid bare before the City Council...

Providence council president calls for state police backup amid violent crime...

PROVIDENCE – Amid staffing shortages and a rise in violence in the capital city, the head of the City Council is asking for backup...

WaterFire 2021 back on, as city, state announce funding

PROVIDENCE – Plans to bring WaterFire back for a shortened 2021 season are back on the table after the Providence City Council announced funding...

Providence Council Finance Committee considers leaving 72 positions unfilled

PROVIDENCE – Amid continued financial strains posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Council Finance Committee is considering leaving currently open positions unfilled in...

Council members ask Providence mayor to reopen public parks

PROVIDENCE – When is a park a respite for mental health and when is it a potential problem in attracting crowds in a pandemic?...

Providence City Council calls for financial details ahead of FY2021 budget

PROVIDENCE – It’s no secret that the abrupt economic shutdown caused by the new coronavirus will have serious implications for state and municipal bottom...

Providence giving troubled e-scooter, e-bike programs another go, but not everybody’s...

Seemingly overnight, rentable electric bikes and scooters began popping up on Providence streets last year. The Creative Capital was in the regional vanguard of...
LUNCH PICKUP: Dweight Davidson, left, of Ashland, Mass., gets his lunch every day at Ocean State Sandwich on Westminster Street in Providence. Owner Eric Handwerger hands it to him in a plastic bag. Soon, Handwerger will have to eliminate his use of plastic bags, as Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has signed an ordinance approved by the City Council banning single-use plastic bags at retail locations in the city.
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Providence latest to ban plastic bags

Ocean State Sandwich Co., a downtown Providence restaurant, uses the ubiquitous, pale white, single-use plastic bags for most takeout customers. But owner Eric Handwerger and...

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