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Mid 20th-Century Urban Redevelopment: A Cautionary Tale or Why Warren Dodged the Bullet (May 20)

Mid 20th-Century Urban Redevelopment: A Cautionary Tale or Why Warren Dodged the Bullet
May 20, 2010 @ 7pm

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a potluck supper and the meeting will follow at 7:00 pm.

We are hosting – Ned Connors at our General Meeting for the following discussion:

Looking back on mid 20th-century urban renewal and slum clearance in Rhode Island’s major urban areas, it’s hard to avoid a feeling that the towns and cities that missed out on the period’s visionary projects were the lucky ones. Dense, bustling, 19th-century ethnic and commercial neighborhoods of Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket were obliterated to make way for massive redevelopment plans and highway projects of the 1950s through the early 1970s. Included among these—Weybosset Hill, West River, and Lippitt Hill (University Heights) in Providence, the Social neighborhood of Woonsocket and downtown Pawtucket. Some areas, through the luck of geographic distance from these projects or inability to attract Federal Funding for urban renewal, find themselves in the year 2010 with old street patterns unchanged, a plentiful stock of historical buildings, intact neighborhoods, and a spirit to integrate modern development with the architectural assets of our past.

Ned Connors is an independent historical preservation consultant. His company, Edward Connors and Associates, has worked throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts on municipal surveys, preservation tax credit projects, and National Register of Historic Places nominations for districts and individual properties since 1994. Current projects include a survey of Providence Architecture of the Recent Past and a resurvey of the Providence Jewelry District in light of the demolition of the portion of Route 195 that passes through it.

Connors, a resident of Riverside, sits on the East Providence Historic District Commission and is adjunct faculty in the Historic Preservation Program at Roger Williams University.

The Warren Preservation Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting the cultural and architectural history of the Town of Warren, Rhode Island. Guest Speakers are scheduled for our general meetings. General membership meetings are free and open to the public, as well as all members. They are held quarterly on the third Thursday of the month downstairs at the Warren Methodist Church, Church Street, Warren, RI.

All members are encouraged to attend and guest are always welcome!

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