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THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE recently received a $27 million federal grant for its urban trail network of protected, two-way bike lanes, such as the one pictured on Empire Street in downtown Providence. However, Mayor Brett Smiley hasn't committed to finishing the network laid out by former Mayor Jorge Elorza, and his administration is still reviewing city infrastructure before deciding how to spend the money. / PBN FILE PHOTO//ELIZABETH GRAHAM

$27M grant could finish Providence’s bike lane network, but Smiley noncommittal

PROVIDENCE – A new, $27 million federal grant could hypothetically cover the cost to finish former Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s ambitious “urban trail” network. But...

Providence police chief pledges ‘surgical’ approach to cracking down on ATVs

PROVIDENCE – Providence Police Chief Hugh T. Clements pledged to take a “surgical” approach to cracking down on illegal all-terrain vehicles in a press...

City Finance Committee recommends changes to Providence Police community relations post

PROVIDENCE – The city Finance Committee gave the green light on Tuesday to a proposal to shift the new Police Department community relations role...

Providence announces $17M budget for Kennedy Plaza redesign

PROVIDENCE – Amid plans to shift a majority of buses out of Kennedy Plaza the city of Providence is forging ahead with a $16.8...
URGENT NEED: R.I. Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Carol Grant said the state is pursuing offshore wind and other clean- and renewable-energy sources with “a sense of urgency” in an effort to achieve a savings for the Rhode Island consumer, who is subject to the some of the nation’s highest electricity prices.

‘Urgency’ grows for offshore wind projects

The stakes are rising fast in the fledgling offshore wind-energy industry, as companies jockey for position in the waters from Cape Cod to the...

Providence pays $6M to settle firefighter overtime lawsuits

PROVIDENCE – The city has paid $6.1 million to settle state and federal lawsuits regarding firefighter overtime payments, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported April 30. According...
THE MURAL on the left is on the rear of the AS220 building downtown. At right, one of the portraits in the city-funded Seen Unseen grouping. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Providence launches new public art program, identifies potential funding sources

PROVIDENCE – The city will launch a comprehensive public arts program, leaders announced on Thursday, to include planning annually for new projects that could...

Elorza proposes $745M fiscal 2019 budget for Providence

PROVIDENCE – Holding the line on taxes, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Tuesday proposed increasing the city and school budget 1.1 percent to...

City giving meters generate $904 in 7 months to support homeless

PROVIDENCE – The city has collected more than $900 since installing orange “giving meters” seven months ago in high pedestrian-traffic areas throughout the city...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA announced the city's new Advanced Internship Program Monday. The program will match qualified Providence youth ages 14-24 with an employer for paid internships. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza introduces Advanced Internship Program for Providence youth

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza joined numerous leaders in the public and private sectors in announcing the city's Advanced Internship Program Monday. The program...
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