Grow Smart Rhode Island provides statewide leadership for diverse public and private interests seeking sustainable and equitable economic growth. We promote such growth by advocating for compact development in revitalized urban, town, and village centers balanced with responsible stewardship of our region’s natural assets – farmland, forests, the coastline, and the Bay. We inform leaders, decision makers, and concerned citizens about the many benefits of compact development and asset stewardship and provide research and training on proven smart growth strategies. We convene broad coalitions that advocate policy reforms and specific projects designed to build communities where all people and businesses can thrive.
Our Vision for Rhode Island
If Grow Smart’s vision for Rhode Island is realized . . .
- Valued, maintained, and invested in our diverse built and natural assets in order to strengthen our economy and provide all Rhode Islanders with the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives in a state with an outstanding urban/rural balance.
- Revitalized our city, town, and village centers, incorporating historic rehabilitation and complementary new construction, walkable streets, parks, and recreational areas, to make these compact centers thriving places to live and visit, work and establish businesses.
- Generated a broad range of attractive, healthy, and affordable housing choices that give all Rhode Islanders the chance to live close to where they work.
- Conserved our natural resources, including farmlands, forests, and our incomparable Narragansett Bay, and strengthened farming, forestry and our marine industries.
- Established an efficient and integrated transportation system that enables Rhode Islanders to get to jobs, schools, services, and recreational areas easily and affordably while reducing automobile dependence.
Rhode Islanders will have renewed pride in our beautiful state, renewed confidence in its future, and feel empowered to continue taking the bold action necessary to unleash its full potential.
Smart Growth News
The 2017 legislative session was a tumultuous one highlighted by a period of fractured trust between House and Senate leaders concerning the phase-out of the car tax. The House abruptly adjourned on June 30, 2017 leaving several key bills, including the State Budget, in limbo and requiring a special one-day clean-up session on September 19, […]
Grow Smart RI connects with State’s Congressional delegation, Governor’s Office and Mayors to help highlight what’s at stake for Rhode Island The U.S. House GOP Tax Plan zeroes out the Federal Historic Tax Credit (“HTC”) and the counterpart plan in the Senate, after a recent amendment, retains the Federal HTC but requires it to be […]
September 28, 2017 – Calling it a rare opportunity to accelerate the revitalization of Downtown Pawtucket, Grow Smart RI expressed its enthusiastic support for the proposed Pawsox stadium at the former Apex site. “The Ballpark at Slater Mill would build on the city’s revitalization momentum, catalyze a more vibrant and walkable downtown and help set the table […]
Commuter rail key to R.I. growth By Scott Wolf September 15, 2017 Mary MacDonald’s Sept. 1, 2017 article, “The state’s 2012 bet on commuter-rail service has yet to pay off. Is it time to privatize?” is sobering. While commuter-rail ridership from Providence to Boston remains strong and growing (Providence is the third busiest station in the MBTA network), there is no question […]
See powerpoint presentations below. March 17, 2017 (Providence, RI) — On Friday, nearly 200 people, including Governor Raimondo and RIPTA Board Chair Wayne Kezirian joined Grow Smart RI at the RI Convention Center for “Next Stop: Making Transit Work for RI” — a forum to discuss ways to most effectively leverage the state’s transit system […]
Great example of city, state collaborating on a complex challenge and finding the win-win. Winning redesign will serve local residents and regional commuters well for many years to come. Reconnected street grid with new bike & ped connections will help to revitalize corridor neighborhoods. Up to 30 acres of land to eventually be freed up for community and […]
Briefing Book includes recommendations, resources for candidates and voters Download Briefing Book October 13, 2016 – Hot off the e-press, our 2016 Briefing Book for Candidates and Voters is now on the street. In it we assert that Rhode Island is on a comeback path due in large part to key investments in smart and sustainable economic development recently embraced by voters […]