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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...

Providence Foundation opposes elements of RIDOT’s bus proposal

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Foundation has joined transit advocates in voicing their opposition to parts of the state’s latest bus route proposal. The proposed plan, called the Providence...
RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian, at a stop at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. He says feedback from riders on the state’s plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence has been mixed. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t try to satisfy everyone with downtown transit plan

In trying to serve all interests with its plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence, the R.I. Department of Transportation is in...

Who’s on the Board?

The Providence Foundation Mission: To create an environment that is conducive to growth and sustained investment, making Providence the premier midsized city in the country....
THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION and Doors Open Rhode Island will take part in Jane's Walk, an international festival in celebration of urban planning and development pioneer Jane Jacobs, held May 4-6 in Providence. / COURTESY THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION

Jane’s Walk returns to Providence with 12 tours May 4-6

PROVIDENCE – Starting Friday and running through Sunday, The Providence Foundation and Doors Open Rhode Island will take part in an international festival known...
PROGRESSING: From left, Cliff Wood, executive director of The Providence Foundation, talks with Kat Boots, project coordinator, and Jen Smith, programming director. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With Cliff Wood

1 How do you feel about Providence’s current economic climate? Providence is on the move more noticeably and intensively than it has been in a...
READY TO LEASE: Hayes & Sherry broker Matt Fair, left, and firm partner Peter Hayes are marketing about 3,500 square feet of available space at Providence’s IGT Center. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

There are vacancies in Providence, but large office spaces limited

The slow, steady conversion of vintage downtown buildings into residential spaces, or boutique hotels, has tightened the supply of Class B office space in...
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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