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PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY: Pictured is the Urban Fellow Barber Shop, which moved from its location in Warwick to the Biltmore Garage building at 51 Washington St. in Providence. The move is representative of an influx of retail and service-oriented businesses occupying commercial property ground-floor spaces along major streets throughout the city following a change in zoning in 2014 to make streets more pedestrian-friendly. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Zoning change brings surge of building activity to major streets in...

Three years into a building boom, downtown Providence has expanded its active commercial spaces along major streets, attracting dozens of new and expanded businesses. The...

I-195 Commission adopts city zoning as interim plan for district...

PROVIDENCE – A new state law turns over development decisions in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District to the commission that oversees the area, effectively...
AN AMENDMENT TO flood-prone area zoning laws related to the elevation of homes above flooding projections has reined in potential massive height variances for new homes. It is expected to result in more-resilient homes being built in Rhode Island. This home in North Kingstown along Narragansett Bay was built with the idea that flood waters could flow through the bottom floors without disturbing living space above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Legislation alters flood-area zoning height exemptions

PROVIDENCE – Among the bills signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo following the most recent legislative session, one included a zoning ordinance...

Zoning reform alone won’t make housing affordable

During the past few years, it has become clear that housing affordability is a major challenge facing the U.S. Rent is consuming an increasing...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...

Zoning proposal would cap college students living in duplexes at 3

PROVIDENCE – A proposed zoning amendment would restrict the number of college students who could share a two-family house, or duplex, in the R-1...

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