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MUTED REACTION: Reaction to sections of new bike lanes on Empire Street in downtown Providence, pictured, has been muted, at least so far, unlike other areas of the city such as along South Water Street.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BATTLE LANES: Mobility advocates fight for space on road, but opposition...

The 8½-mile cycling route from Robert Isenberg’s ­Cranston home to his job at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island on Providence’s East Side...
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...
LT. GOV. SABINA MATOS, the former Providence City Council president, speaks after being nominated lieutenant governor by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on March 31. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR/ JONATHAN BISSONNETTE

Lt. Gov. Matos positive for COVID-19; Elorza mandates vaccine for city...

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos on Tuesday announced on Twitter she has tested positive for COVID-19. “I tested positive for COVID-19. I have very...

PVDFest staging a downtown comeback in June 2022

PROVIDENCE – PVDFest, the annual citywide arts celebration, is planning for a full comeback to the city's downtown in June. PVDFest has been significantly modified...
CROSSROADS RHODE ISLAND was awarded $495,000 from the city of Providence to support a new citywide mobile diversion program for Providence residents experiencing unsheltered homelessness. / COURTESY CROSSROADS RHODE ISLAND

Crossroads Rhode Island gets $495K to address homelessness; new fund created

PROVIDENCE – City officials, along with the Rhode Island Foundation, Providence Foundation and Crossroads Rhode Island, on Wednesday announced a new collaboration to address...

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...
FITCH RATINGS has upgraded the city of Providence financial outlook to "positive" and affirmed the "A-" rating for two of its general obligation bonds and its "BBB" issuer default rating for the city.

Fitch Ratings upgrades Providence’s financial outlook, affirms ratings

PROVIDENCE – The city of Providence is holding steady financially, according to Fitch Ratings. The agency has affirmed "A-" ratings for two of the city's...

Local companies gear up for Small Business Saturday

PROVIDENCE – After many holiday shopping events went virtual last year due to COVID-19, businesses are making an in-person return this season. For local businesses,...

Alternative downtown bus hub plan gains support amid continued delays in...

PROVIDENCE – More public input was the reason state transportation officials said in April that they were pumping the brakes on a contested plan...

Conflicting viewpoints, lack of documents create new questions in Michael Stephens’...

PROVIDENCE – Two very different pictures of the hiring process for the new Providence Police community relations leader were painted on Tuesday night as...

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