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Economic development front and center at Providence mayoral forum

PROVIDENCE – From public safety fears to the housing crisis and the “brain drain” of college graduates leaving the capital city, nearly all the...
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...
SAFETY FIRST: Mark Dunbar, general manager of the Providence Place mall in Providence, says safety is the mall’s No. 1 priority and touts a 24/7 camera system and a cellphone app that lets mall-goers communicate with security. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

FIGHTING FEARS: Deserved or not, safety worries an obstacle to downtown...

As a downtown Providence business owner, Guido Silvestri is no stranger to petty crime. There has been occasional shoplifting, vandalism and even a brick thrown...

LaTorre, former ED of Providence Downtown Improvement District, dies at 71

PROVIDENCE – Frank LaTorre, former executive director of the Providence Downtown Improvement District, died this week at the age of 71, The Boston Globe...
FRANK LATORRE is the new executive director of the Providence Downtown Improvement District. / COURTESY THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION

Providence Downtown Improvement District names Latorre executive director

PROVIDENCE  - The Providence Downtown Improvement District’s board of directors voted to appoint Frank LaTorre as its executive director during its meeting Feb. 15. LaTorre...
CLIFF WOOD HAS BEEN APPOINTED executive director of The Providence Foundation, effective immediately. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence Foundation appoints new executive director

PROVIDENCE - The Providence Foundation, a private nonprofit that advocates for projects and policies for development of downtown Providence and the city, appointed Cliff...
THE TELEPHONE BUILDING, at 112 Union St., is among the converted apartment buildings new to the downtown tour this year. /COURTESY THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION

Downtown Providence Living Tour returns

PROVIDENCE – The Downtown Providence Living Tour returns on Saturday after a two-year hiatus, with six renovated buildings opened for public review for the...

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