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Providence City Council gives final approval to TSA reform

PROVIDENCE – After years of debate and failed attempts to reform the tax deals for Providence development projects, change is coming with the City...
ADVANCED PLANNING: Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr., managing principal of Cornish Associates LP, is co-chairman of a group called the Providence Resilience Partnership, which is looking at how to better understand and prepare the city for flood risk and secure federal funding for its priorities. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

SURGE MENTALITY: Warning sounded about Providence’s widespread flood risks

Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. was 7 years old when Hurricane Carol ravaged Rhode Island, with a storm surge that submerged downtown Providence in 12...
Cliff Wood was named executive director of The Providence Foundation in 2017, with a goal of promoting the physical, economic and cultural development of the capital city’s downtown. He’s also served as the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s executive director since 2008. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Collaborate to revive downtown

Cliff Wood | The Providence Foundation executive director When people come back to downtown Providence, they need to find it safe, active and inviting. Here...

The Providence Foundation survey: 41% of businesses keeping existing offices, 62%...

PROVIDENCE – A new survey of Providence-based businesses indicates many have been influenced to think differently about their offices and how employees work, as...
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...

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