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East Side of Providence near Brown University - 3/23/2008
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Chris
Providence, RI

Providence . . . an old city reborn
The national media is abuzz! MSN named Providence to its list of top ten places in America to live, calling it the “most improved city” in the nation. The New York Times headline reads, "Providence Begins To See Its Future . . ." Forbes Magazine named Providence among the top 50 places in the country for business and careers. Similarly, Money Magazine named Providence as the best city in the East for young professionals because of our superb quality of life. In 2007, the National Trust named Providence one of the dozen most distinctive destinations in the US, and the list goes on and on!
In the last few years, Downtown Providence has been undergoing a striking renaissance that has added an official Arts and Entertainment District and European style to its classic New England beauty. Out-of-State real estate developers have recently discovered Providence and are currently investing more than 3 billion dollars, building high-rise hotels and condominium towers Downtown and transforming Providence's waterfront. The New York Times states, "Providence begins to see its future

Located in New England on the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, Providence, with a population of 175,000, is a small, friendly, sophisticated City full of beauty, history, good food, intellect, art and culture.

Providence . . . an old city reborn
The national media is abuzz! MSN named Providence to its list of top ten places in America to live, calling it the “most improved city” in the nation. The New York Times headline reads, "Providence Begins To See Its Future . . ." Forbes Magazine named Providence among the top 50 places in the country for business and careers. Similarly, Money Magazine named Providence as the best city in the East for young professionals because of our superb quality of life. In 2007, the National Trust named Providence one of the dozen most distinctive destinations in the US, and the list goes on and on!
In the last few years, Downtown Providence has been undergoing a striking renaissance that has added an official Arts and Entertainment District and European style to its classic New England beauty. Out-of-State real estate developers have recently discovered Providence and are currently investing more than 3 billion dollars, building high-rise hotels and condominium towers Downtown and transforming Providence's waterfront. The New York Times states, "Providence begins to see its future

The East Side of Providence has direct access to Interstate 95, which can quickly take you to some of the Rhode Island's beautiful ocean spots, or on to Boston, one-hour north, or New York City, three-hours south. The States small size makes it convenient to live in the culturally rich Capital City and work just about anywhere in the State with no more than a thirty-minute drive to work. The average commute to work in Rhode Island is only fifteen minutes. In fact, many East Side residents walk to work!

Brown University
The East Side, with 20% of Providence's population, is home to Ivy League, Brown University, founded in 1764, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the thriving artistic and intellectual community they attract.

Providence . . . an old city reborn
The national media is abuzz! MSN named Providence to its list of top ten places in America to live, calling it the “most improved city” in the nation. The New York Times headline reads, "Providence Begins To See Its Future . . ." Forbes Magazine named Providence among the top 50 places in the country for business and careers. Similarly, Money Magazine named Providence as the best city in the East for young professionals because of our superb quality of life. In 2007, the National Trust named Providence one of the dozen most distinctive destinations in the US, and the list goes on and on!
In the last few years, Downtown Providence has been undergoing a striking renaissance that has added an official Arts and Entertainment District and European style to its classic New England beauty. Out-of-State real estate developers have recently discovered Providence and are currently investing more than 3 billion dollars, building high-rise hotels and condominium towers Downtown and transforming Providence's waterfront. The New York Times states, "Providence begins to see its future

The East Side of Providence has direct access to Interstate 95, which can quickly take you to some of the Rhode Island's beautiful ocean spots, or on to Boston, one-hour north, or New York City, three-hours south. The States small size makes it convenient to live in the culturally rich Capital City and work just about anywhere in the State with no more than a thirty-minute drive to work. The average commute to work in Rhode Island is only fifteen minutes. In fact, many East Side residents walk to work!

Roger Williams, A famous religious freedoms advocate, founded Providence in 1636, when he purchased the land from the Narragansett Indian tribe. A statue of Roger Williams in Prospect Park, in the East Side's College Hill neighborhood, commands a breathtaking view of the Rhode Island Statehouse and Downtown. Many stately, refurbished Colonial and Federal period mansions can be found in and around Brown University and College Hill. Benefit Street is a visual treat of New England architectural beauty, complete with 19th-century-style streetlights; here you will also find historic churches (Baptist and Unitarian), the Providence Art Club, RISD Museum along with many other cultural and historic points of interest.

All things good
Comfortably fitting into the picturesque East Side neighborhoods are a variety of fabulous small bistros and cafes. Providence is home to the renowned Johnson & Wales culinary and hospitality University, which fuels the City's world-class culinary scene.
East Side residents not only enjoy fine food, but also have a healthy appetite for the visual arts and design. RISD student artists and graduates are featured in street fairs on Benefit Street and at the RISD Artists Store. The RISD Museum, Gallery Nights, Providence Art Club and many other venues, give the East Side Community constant exposure to new trends in art and design, and regular opportunities to buy "artist studio direct"!
Providence tops the list of American Cities that are most appealing to telecommuters and those at the forefront of the new "creative economy". The East Side is a hub, attracting creative individuals whose work allows them the freedom to live most anywhere they choose. Providence, with its exceptional quality-of-life, appeals to this growing group of dynamic individuals. When the need arises to leave town, either for business or pleasure, T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is just a 10-minute drive from the East Side.

Downtown Providence, where three rivers now run, is reminiscent of Venice, complete with romantic gondola rides, river walks, quaint arched bridges, and a waterside amphitheater at Waterplace Park that is the frequent site of cultural events and scenes from the TV show "Providence". Providence Place Mall, containing an array of national retailers including Nordstrom's and an IMAX Cinema, is located right across the street from Waterplace Park. Downtown Providence also boasts the country's first indoor shopping mall, circa 1827, the unique multi-level Arcade, is home to small shops and restaurants. A few blocks down from the Arcade is "PPAC", the Providence Performing Arts Center, where many shows are booked throughout the year. Just down Washington Street from the Providence Biltmore Hotel is the renowned Trinity Repertory, which has a busy schedule of critically acclaimed plays. South Main Street and Thayer Street contain the Cable Car and Avon Cinemas respectively, which show a range of movies but specialize in art house and foreign films.


Located in New England on the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, Providence, with a population of 1

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Kristen

re: East Side of Providence near Brown University - 12/9/2012
You must be a local politician or an area businessman with something to gain by this review. The treatment of people in any area should be #1. People make the place and there isn't enough consideration or regard for others here. I agree with the actual inanimate objects, buildings, and places. There may be some architecture and good shots in terms of photography. But your list doesn't even get into the morale of the people here which is very low. Road rage on the streets where people tailgate to run you off the road, drivers in a hurry; no directionals--more to beat the person near them. Unemployment is horrible, political corruption, poorly mismanaged state #2 in the country..Many single parents, and women here. Chivalry is dead because the liberal values and politics prevail. You want to be involved; better make sure you don't mind being the "man" or the giver. It is the truth. Is this everyone's experience? Hopefully not--But you will hear many of the same kinds of accounts. I have been asked, Is it the weather? No, the weather doesn't cause people to be inconsiderate of others. There are only pockets of goodwill towards others here. You don't have to be here for years to learn quick. Manners or patience out in public. No. It is whoever can cut you off or run to the register first at checkout. And most of the time, they will not acknowledge your there. The disconnect on the streets and the distrust of others in public is at an all time low. Are there pockets of good people? Sure. However, when women around you can't find a respectful, decent person and seem to compete with other women in the confusion to find this very basic treatment..There's just something wrong here when that is the tone. Women have turned on other women here because of it. I see it all of the time. Friendships suffer when the morale is low. Don't break down on the side of the road as a woman. As many men visiting here have told me, they can't believe to see people drive by and not help. I tell them, that's how it is. It's gritty. If you're a student here...Well yes, you will have a different view. There are supports here with your college peers and you can lose yourself in your studies. However, if you come here for a good support system emotionally; seek a church. It is very much to each his/her own. Family environment? No. I have lived here for 30 years. You can find some neighboring communities with more of a friendly vibe. I can't wait to leave. If you're looking for someone to hold the door or make friendly conversation; it happens--but not overall. Let the truth be told. You can have all the restaurants you want or shops..But if people aren't courteous to others, I believe you have nothing--but an emotionally sick area.


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Matthew
Providence, RI

Providence is the most pot smoking city US I've ev - 9/15/2014

And I've been to San Francisco and Seattle, so that's saying a lot. If you like pot, good for you, my annoyance is with all the people who smoke pot plainly in public. I smoke cigars and I always ask if anyone minds before I stink up the place. My manners tell me pot smokers should too, not everyone wants to go home or back to work after lunch smelling of second hand pot smoke. Instead, the pot smokers here will say "They're going to make it legal any day now" or "It's only a minor citation with a ticket" as if that justifies puffing resinous smoke on the people near you. I've been in conversations with people who, without pausing or missing a single word, will whip out their stash, clean a bowl full, stuff their little pipe, light up, and toke away. Or my conversation will be interrupted by some stranger at the next table courteously passing the joint and the person I'm talking to will put me on hold while she/he takes a drag. Or some ALT type walking down the sidewalk will be puffing away while talking on a cell phone and mindlessly flick ashes on me as I pass. And I'm tired of all the foil pouches from nasty fruit flavored blunt wrappers blowing around the sidewalks. MANNERS, people. MANNERS.

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North Providence, RI

New England Weather! - 7/30/2013

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Rosemary
Providence, RI

Providence - 5/28/2012

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karen
Providence, RI

real esate market - 7/25/2010

There is not alot of joy here in Rhode Island as the real estate market has been hit pretty hard. This of course has been spurred by the high unemployment rate. I live in a pocket of RI called the East Side where the people here maintain their above average lifestyles. I think the people who migrate to a section of the world make up the landscape. Yes. we have beautiful beaches and fine restaurants but if people are hurting and hopeless for the future, what good is it? It's no good.

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robert
Providence, RI

should i move - 8/12/2008

i live in providence ri, working as a life skill couch making 24,000 a yr.and i have a cdl class A licence to drive tractor trailor with no experiance. my sister is moving to durham,nc shoule i move, would i be able to find work.

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brian
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Providence Culutre and Rec. - 5/4/2008

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Chris
Providence, RI

East Side of Providence near Brown University - 3/23/2008

Providence . . . an old city reborn The national media is abuzz! MSN named Providence to its list of top ten places in America to live, calling it the “most improved city” in the nation. The New York Times headline reads, "Providence Begins To See Its Future . . ." Forbes Magazine named Providence among the top 50 places in the country for business and careers. Similarly, Money Magazine named Providence as the best city in the East for young professionals because of our superb quality of life. In 2007, the National Trust named Providence one of the dozen most distinctive destinations in the US, and the list goes on and on! In the last few years, Downtown Providence has been undergoing a striking renaissance that has added an official Arts and Entertainment District and European style to its classic New England beauty. Out-of-State real estate developers have recently discovered Providence and are currently investing more than 3 billion dollars, building high-rise hotels and condominium towers Downtown and transforming Providence's waterfront. The New York Times states, "Providence begins to see its future Located in New England on the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, Providence, with a population of 175,000, is a small, friendly, sophisticated City full of beauty, history, good food, intellect, art and culture. Providence . . . an old city reborn The national media is abuzz! MSN named Providence to its list of top ten places in America to live, calling it the “most improved city” in the nation. The New York Times headline reads, "Providence Begins To See Its Future . . ." Forbes Magazine named Providence among the top 50 places in the country for business and careers. Similarly, Money Magazine named Providence as the best city in the East for young professionals because of our superb quality of life. In 2007, the National Trust named Providence one of the dozen most distinctive destinations in the US, and the list goes on and on! In the last few years, Downtown Providence has been undergoing a striking renaissance that has added an official Arts and Entertainment District and European style to its classic New England beauty. Out-of-State real estate developers have recently discovered Providence and are currently investing more than 3 billion dollars, building high-rise hotels and condominium towers Downtown and transforming Providence's waterfront. The New York Times states, "Providence begins to see its future The East Side of Providence has direct access to Interstate 95, which can quickly take you to some of the Rhode Island's beautiful ocean spots, or on to Boston, one-hour north, or New York City, three-hours south. The States small size makes it convenient to live in the culturally rich Capital City and work just about anywhere in the State with no more than a thirty-minute drive to work. The average commute to work in Rhode Island is only fifteen minutes. In fact, many East Side residents walk to work! Brown University The East Side, with 20% of Providence's population, is home to Ivy League, Brown University, founded in 1764, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the thriving artistic and intellectual community they attract. Providence . . . an old city reborn The national media is abuzz! MSN named Providence to its list of top ten places in America to live, calling it the “most improved city” in the nation. The New York Times headline reads, "Providence Begins To See Its Future . . ." Forbes Magazine named Providence among the top 50 places in the country for business and careers. Similarly, Money Magazine named Providence as the best city in the East for young professionals because of our superb quality of life. In 2007, the National Trust named Providence one of the dozen most distinctive destinations in the US, and the list goes on and on! In the last few years, Downtown Providence has been undergoing a striking renaissance that has added an official Arts and Entertainment District and European style to its classic New England beauty. Out-of-State real estate developers have recently discovered Providence and are currently investing more than 3 billion dollars, building high-rise hotels and condominium towers Downtown and transforming Providence's waterfront. The New York Times states, "Providence begins to see its future The East Side of Providence has direct access to Interstate 95, which can quickly take you to some of the Rhode Island's beautiful ocean spots, or on to Boston, one-hour north, or New York City, three-hours south. The States small size makes it convenient to live in the culturally rich Capital City and work just about anywhere in the State with no more than a thirty-minute drive to work. The average commute to work in Rhode Island is only fifteen minutes. In fact, many East Side residents walk to work! Roger Williams, A famous religious freedoms advocate, founded Providence in 1636, when he purchased the land from the Narragansett Indian tribe. A statue of Roger Williams in Prospect Park, in the East Side's College Hill neighborhood, commands a breathtaking view of the Rhode Island Statehouse and Downtown. Many stately, refurbished Colonial and Federal period mansions can be found in and around Brown University and College Hill. Benefit Street is a visual treat of New England architectural beauty, complete with 19th-century-style streetlights; here you will also find historic churches (Baptist and Unitarian), the Providence Art Club, RISD Museum along with many other cultural and historic points of interest. All things good Comfortably fitting into the picturesque East Side neighborhoods are a variety of fabulous small bistros and cafes. Providence is home to the renowned Johnson & Wales culinary and hospitality University, which fuels the City's world-class culinary scene. East Side residents not only enjoy fine food, but also have a healthy appetite for the visual arts and design. RISD student artists and graduates are featured in street fairs on Benefit Street and at the RISD Artists Store. The RISD Museum, Gallery Nights, Providence Art Club and many other venues, give the East Side Community constant exposure to new trends in art and design, and regular opportunities to buy "artist studio direct"! 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Tad
Providence, RI

these contributors depress me - 2/25/2008

I don't get all the negative comments about Providence. We like it here. WE moved here from Massachusetts 12 years ago and have great jobs, made money in real estate, just bought an East Side condo just for the weekends and are enjoying life. I have never been in a prettier little city with great neighborhoods, fantastic architecture, restaurants and galleries. We are close to the beach, close to the mountains and close to all sorts of interesting people to meet. When you find that place on earth without any crime and/or political hacks.... you must be in heaven then. Get over it.

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Florine
Vail, AZ

Puerto Ricans in Rhode Island - 2/17/2007

This is a response to "Bob" who posted on 11/29/2006: Bob, you need to go back to school, Puerto Ricans are American citizens and have been since the end of the Spanish American war. Therefore, you cannot include Puerto Ricans as "illegal immigrants". Get a clue! Florine Francis

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Florine
Vail, AZ

Puerto Ricans in Rhode Island - 2/17/2007

This is a response to "Bob" who posted on 11/29/2006: Bob, you need to go back to school, Puerto Ricans are American citizens and have been since the end of the Spanish American war. Therefore, you cannot include Puerto Ricans as "illegal immigrants". Get a clue! Florine Francis

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RAYMOND
Warwick, RI

The fake gloss about RI - 1/5/2007

I've lived here all my life. The economy hasn't been good in my lifetime. I'm fourty now. The local economy used to depend on jobs from military contractors(ie General Dynamics ect) But since the end of the Cold War those jobs have steadily moved south where cost of labor is cheaper or disappeared entirely. In there place were low wage burger flipper/Walmart minimum wage type jobs. The cost of living is as high here as any in the country save San Francisco and New York City. At least those places have a diverse economic base to lure business to there areas. Providence and the rest of Rhode Island has basically become a bedroom community for exiled Massachusetts residents priced of of the Boston real estate market. This in turn has driven up property values at an astronical rate. Plan to make 30 thousand a year if you want to rent a decent one bedroom apartment anywhere in the state not just in Providence. Also plan on having a high demand skill like nursing or something high tech because those are the only real good jobs left here. If you're lucky enough to be related to a local politician you can snag a coveted teacher, police or firefighter job with a lifetime guarantee due to union protection. Taxes, especially property taxes are punitively high. The few large companies that have come here have been given tax amnesty by the Governor to lure them here. Basically it costs more to make something here in RI than almost anywhere else in the country, so why would a business want to come here due to the factors I have mentioned above. Tourism is one bright spot, but that's dependent on the larger national economy. This isn't Vermont where people will always come to ski or watch leaves change color no matter how bad the economy is. Ive about had it myself and am looking to get out soon. So unless you work in Boston and don't mind commuting or have a high demand skill and can write your own job ticket I'd stay away from Rhode Island.

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George
Kew Gardens, NY

Providence has gone up hill - 1/1/2007

I totally disagree with the poster Bill! I would like to say that I believe Providence has a lot of positives unlike other posters claim. Downtown, the east side and Federal hill have displayed lots of redevelopment, new businesses and recently hi-rise condos and high end restaurants. (OBVIOUSLY IT WENT UP HILL) This has been a great place to invest in!!! It is still a better value than comparable east coast cities and offers a superb location near beaches, mountains and larger cities. The only thing that could use attention is the taxes and lure more business. Maybe people need to join force and vote in a republican this time!!! Yes it has become diverse and still has some inner neighborhood problems but hey maybe those areas are next to become gentrified. Maybe you should look into investing in property instead of knocking positives. Every place has bad areas and needy people that are dependent. Otherwise, it has a great quality of life especially the surrounding coastal towns.

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Bill
Wakefield, RI

Providence? Forget about it! - 11/29/2006

I grew up in an Italian neighbor in Providence back in the 60s; not bad back then...tough, but at least everyone owned their own three-decker and the families were good, hard working people who educated their kids right. Since then, the City has gone downhill. The Italians are gone, replaced by unemployed or under-employed immigrants, some illegal, from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatamala, etc. The Asians from Cambodia and Vietnam have better families, and are succeeding better, but their lives are not easy. The City, and the State, is great if you want to live on Welfare and other freebee social programs, thanks to the ultra liberals who run the place and the Catholic Church who sponsors many immigrants. We have the worst economy in New England and New England's economy is worst in the U.S. The crime is awful, with gangs dealing drugs, breaking into houses, robbing people at gunpoint, and the cops can't keep up with it. Insiders run the show, so if you're an insider, you have it made at the expense of the rest of the people. Housing is way too expensive compared to the average salaries. The Unions are so strong and pushy that it costs Rhode Island a mint and companies don't want to come here as the cost of doing business is too much. The good colleges like Brown, RISD, RIC, and Providence College rake in tuition, but pay no taxes. Their students are routinely robbed and raped by punks from the surrounding poor neighborhoods, and much of the crime never gets reported. Oh, the weather sucks, too. Everybody talks about the Downtown "renaissance" but it's all show and no go. The older neighborhoods, like the one I grew up in, are now dumps and full of crime. Providence? Forget about it!

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Anita
Providence, RI

Providence--The Renaissance City-DON'T YOU BELIEVE - 7/12/2006

Come to Providence and you'll see the Providence Place Mall (you have to pay to park there--what good is that?!?), all the condo construction (starting price $425,000--no one I know of in Providence makes that kind of money). Let's not get started on the GTECH Building across the street from Providence Place (it's already got a local rep as the ugliest building in the City). The streets are filthy with potholes that could swallow a car whole, traffic is a nightmare and the sewers are so bad that when it rains, you'd need a rowboat to cross the street. Schools are bad, and the list goes on. If Providence is making a comeback, I don't see it.

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sean
Tucson, AZ

hi - 3/10/2006

I'm thinking about moving to Rhode Island once I finish with the military and I wanted to know if its a nice place to live and raise a family

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Padyy
Conway, NH

Crime - 2/26/2006

I lived in providence for 8 years and all i can say is it's swarming with crime from murders to robberies to alot and i mean alot of property crimes. And to top it off some parts of the city along with nearby cities pawtucket and central falls are filled with nothing but dirty streets and crack houses, i'm not talking about all of the city just certain parts.

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Kenneth
West Milford, NJ

City living - 10/21/2005

The city is very convenient for transportation, restaurants and the arts.

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