What would a streetcar mean to Providence?

Kansas City beat out Providence this year for a federal grant to help build a streetcar line in that city.  See what that news has already meant for KC When selecting a parking lot along the Kansas City streetcar line as the site for a 50-unit, five-story apartment building, Boulder-based developer Linden Street Partners was […]

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Parking vs. Transit?

Grow Smart seeks realigned transportation priorities from State Government Grow Smart has been pleased in recent years that the Chafee Administration has prioritized a number of policies to advance smart economic and community development that plays to our strengths. Reinstatement of the state Historic Tax Credit, expanded state funding for tourism promotion and replenished bond […]

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Extending RI’s New Historic Tax Credit a top priority of Grow Smart’s 2014 advocacy

Program has demonstrated its return on investment while strengthening communities, neighborhoods and municipal tax bases After being closed to new applicants since 2008, the Rhode Island General Assembly reinstated a reformed State Historic Tax Credit last June using $34.5MM in previously budgeted, but abandoned credits.  The new tax credit program allocates credits of between 20% […]

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Historic Tax Credit back to work for RI; advances for agricultural vitality; Transit funding reform left at the altar… again

Grow Smart RI is very pleased that the General Assembly recognized the value of investing in our incredible collection of historic buildings and neighborhoods by restoring in modified form the State Historic Tax Credit. We also applaud the General Assembly for supporting the Governor’s budget provision that provided some initial funding for technical assistance to […]

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Smart Growth leaders, projects and plans honored at June 10th Awards Reception

June 13, 2013 – Providence, RI – Saying there’s no better way to promote the many benefits of smart growth than to profile successful local examples, Grow Smart Rhode Island honored and celebrated individuals, plans and projects that play to Rhode Island’s strengths, generate sustainable economic benefits and improve communities and neighborhoods in the process. […]

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Grow Smart applauds voters for approving investments to strengthen Rhode Island

Last night, Rhode Island voters made a resounding choice to support three (3) key investments in our state’s economic future. By approving investments in Clean Water Infrastructure (Question 5 – 73% approved), Open Space and Farmland Protection (Question 6 – 69% approved) and Affordable Housing (Question 7 – 61% approved), voters sent a clear message […]

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Pedestrian safety: A view from the streets of Providence and beyond

This post is republished from the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC). The CTC calls for a 21st century transportation system that enhances our economy and provides all Rhode Islanders with healthy transportation choices. Grow Smart RI is a member of the Coalition. The explosion in popularity of the automobile in the last 50 years has […]

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Grow Smart RI congratulates Mayor Scott Avedisian on his appointment to Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council

Avedisian recognized for his leadership in shaping an economically competitive and vibrant City of Warwick October 25, 2012, Providence, RI – Grow Smart Rhode Island congratulates Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian on being selected as one of only 22 municipal leaders from around the U.S. to form the nonpartisan Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s Local […]

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RIPTA survey seeks to uncover what you want and what you need from your public transit system

This post is republished from the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC). The CTC calls for a 21st century transportation system that enhances our economy and provides all Rhode Islanders with healthy transportation choices. Grow Smart RI is a member of the Coalition. RIPTA is asking Rhode Islanders what it can do to serve existing riders […]

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An economic development call to action

RIPEC’s report on structural reform of our economic development delivery system offers some suggestions worthy of consideration.  However, with Rhode Island’s unemployment rate still among the nation’s highest, we cannot let the report become a rationale for further delay in implementing an asset based economic development strategy. Targeted investments in our state’s assets are urgently […]

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