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Providence considering city’s first-ever rental registry

PROVIDENCE –  A proposal is being considered to create the city’s first-ever registration for all occupied and vacant rental units. Providence City Council President Rachel...

Providence City Council taps study commission to mull ‘alternative revenue...

PROVIDENCE – The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nine–member commission to study the municipal tax system and make recommendations on ways to...

City Finance Committee calls for action on Chase property tax breaks 

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Committee on Finance on Thursday approved a resolution recommending the City Council “take action” against a previous court settlement approved...
MAYOR BRETT P. SMILEY signed the fiscal year $583 million budget Monday, four days after it cleared the City Council. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence mayor signs $583M fiscal year 2024 budget

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Brett P. Smiley on Monday signed a $583 million fiscal year 2024 city budget, four days after it was approved by...

Providence officials to solicit public feedback for 10-year city plan

PROVIDENCE – Residents and local businesses will get their say in how the capital city will be developed over the next decade. During a Tuesday...
Rachel Miller/PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller | President, Providence City Council 1. You identify as a queer woman and are the first LGBTQ council president in city history. What...
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...

With ethics concerns put to rest, Caprio named Providence judge emeritus

PROVIDENCE – Ethical concerns over a longtime city judge’s role in a TV courtroom drama have been put to rest, with the Providence City...

City a leader on diversity, inclusion

The work awaiting Providence’s newly elected mayor and city councilors as the city emerges from a multiyear pandemic is daunting. But they and the city...
THE EXTERIOR of Providence City Hall won't change, but many of the people who make decisions inside the building will. Come January, newcomers will fill nearly half of the City Council seats and there will also be a new mayor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Enormous turnover among Providence leaders is unchartered territory

The Providence City Council is on the brink of a massive shift, with nearly half of its members leaving office at the end of...
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