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June 23rd Open House, Public Meeting for Newport Thames & Spring Streets Streetscape Improvements

June 15, 2015 (Newport, RI) — A public meeting and open house for the Lower Thames and Spring Streets Streetscape Improvements project is taking place at 5:30 – 7:00PM on Tuesday, June 23 at the Edward King House [35 King Street in Newport]. The Lower Thames and Spring Streets Streetscape Improvements project is an open […]

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U.S. business trend toward walkable downtowns aligns with RI economic development strategies

Attracting talent, fostering creativity, and building brand among factors favoring downtowns outlined in new national survey WASHINGTON, DC – (June 18, 2015) Hundreds of American companies see unique competitive advantages to being located in a walkable downtown neighborhood. These locations are helping companies attract and retain talented workers, build their brand and corporate identity, support […]

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Grow Smart statement on Governor’s truck user fee proposal

June 2, 2015 – Grow Smart Rhode Island (“Grow Smart”) is a statewide nonprofit policy research and advocacy organization focused on promoting enduring and sustainable economic growth that capitalizes on Rhode Island’s many place-based assets.  One of the principal ways we pursue this is by promoting responsible public investment in a 21st century transportation system […]

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Grow Smart RI letter to Providence City Council in support of the Streetcar TIF Ordinance

This letter was sent to Providence City Countil Finance Committee Chairman John Igliozzi in support of the TIF Ordinance for the proposed Providence Streetcar: Grow Smart Rhode Island supports the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) ordinance for the City of Providence’s streetcar initiative, provided that it is coordinated effectively with other major pending transit initiatives […]

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2015 Rhode Island Smart Growth Award winners announced

Those credited with shaping a stronger Rhode Island to be recognized at May 21st event PROVIDENCE, RI (April 6, 2015) – Saying there’s no better way to promote the many economic and community benefits of smart growth than to profile examples of success, Grow Smart RI today announced the winners of its 4th Annual Rhode […]

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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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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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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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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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