Smart Growth e-Briefs
News and Tools for People Shaping Our Communities July 2005

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Noah Fulmer sells produce at the new farmers' market in Kennedy Plaza at its June 20th kick-off.
(photo by Joelle Crane)

Fact: RI ranks #2 in the U.S. for the amount of produce per farm

sold directly to customers...
... helping farms remain farms.

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Susan Arnold
William Baldwin
S. James Busam
Joseph Caffey
Robert L. Carothers
Arnold Chace
Jen Cookke
Trudy Coxe
Peter Damon
Stephen J. Farrell
Thomas E. Freeman
J. Joseph Garrahy
John R. Gowell, Jr.
Stephen Hamblett
Robert Harding
Michael S. Hudner
Stanley J. Kanter
Howard M. Kilguss
Thomas A. Lawson
Dennis Langley
James Leach
Roger Mandle
Rev. James C. Miller
Thomas V. Moses
George Nee
B. Michael Rauh, Jr.
Gary Sasse
Richard Schartner
Deming Sherman
Merrill Sherman
Curt Spalding
James F. Twaddell
Ranne Warner
Sandra Whitehouse
Frederick C. Williamson
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Dear John,

You're among the 2,603 opinion leaders, state & local officials, development professionals, journalists and visionary citizens getting the latest news, happenings and trends in the smart growth movement from Grow Smart Rhode Island.

  • New guide helps make the most of new development
  • Choosing Our Community's Future is the rare resource designed specifically for regular citizens who want to make a positive contribution to shaping the growth and development of their neighborhoods, towns and regions. The guidebook from Smart Growth America will help readers make rational, compelling arguments against poorly conceived plans, but more importantly, it will help them paint a vision of the development that they would like to see take place in their community.

    The guidebook will help you learn how to:

    Tame "big box" retail centers

    Make sure that "infill" development works in your neighborhood
    Evaluate mixed use projects
    Argue for redevelopment that brings benefits to all
    Reduce the impact on farms and natural areas
    Get the most from community planning

    [Read More] The 90-page book is available for purchase for $10.00

    Grow Smart Rhode Island will provide a FREE copy to the first ten people that request one. Email us to request a free copy.

  • Big win for Big River; Historic Tax Credit Program Retained but Weakened
  • State Police Headquarters Siting

    Grow Smart is pleased that Governor Carcieri responded to our concerns and those of many of our allies by withdrawing the administration's plans to locate a new State Police headquarters on 18 acres within the Big River Reservoir site. Grow Smart hopes the final selection will be a smart and efficient site that takes full advantage of existing infrastructure and centers of development.

    State Historic Preservation Investment Tax Credit Program

    Despite strong opposition from Grow Smart and many others, historic preservation and neighborhood revitalization efforts were dealt at least a temporary setback as the approved state budget includes a last minute provision for a substantial retroactive "processing fee" on all historic tax credit projects not completed by July 31, 2005. Grow Smart plans to confer with a number of tax credit advocates and users later this month to assess various options for mitigating or eliminating the retroactive processing fee.

    Watch for a more complete legislative wrap-up analysis in next month's issue.

  • VIP Networking Reception draws a crowd
  • Over 75 smart growth practitioners and advocates from around Rhode Island gathered at the Rising Sun Mills on June 24th to network and exchange ideas on implementing smart growth development.

    The event, hosted by Grow Smart and sponsored by Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse, PUENTE Providence and The Armory Revival Company, was designed to build a stronger network among Grow Smart's supporters and leaders ranging from advertisers in Grow Smart's online Yellow Pages and major funders to our Board of Directors, Advisory Council and staff.

    - See more pictures from the event

  • Supreme Court Land-Use decision stirs sharp debate
  • When the United States Supreme Court voted on June 23rd, by a 5-4 vote, to uphold the rights of government to take land by eminent domain for private economic development purposes, it unleashed a national debate among community planners, citizens and smart growth advocates.

    Below is a selection of reaction and news accounts from national and local sources.

    The American Planning Association

    Smart Growth America

    The New York Times


    Providence Journal

    Providence Business News

  • State property mapping project unveiled
  • The State of Rhode Island, together with the Providence Plan, has recently created on-line maps of 1000 state buildings and 23,000 acres of state land. The maps are precise and comprehensive in the 12 communities that provided digital parcels maps (indicated in dark green). The also provide key descriptive data and allow users to pick the scale and adjust what is viewed. State buildings were mapped using aerial photography and guidance from state officials. Land and buildings were matched up against municipal digital parcels maps.

    It is hoped the remaining communities that have parcels data (light green) will share it in a next phase to further complete the maps. (Communities in red do not have data.)

    Visitors can explore this technology by clicking HERE

  • Thank you to our 2nd quarter funders
  • Grow Smart would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous support during the second quarter of 2005.


    Edgar George Adams
    Daniel A. Baudouin
    Julius Bloom
    J. Scott Burns
    Anne & Peter Damon
    Louise Durfee
    Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Grossman
    David Karoff and Barbara Hunger
    Howard Kilguss
    Ann Berkelhammer Krause
    Marie Langlois


    Paul & Mary Boghossian Fund (Paul Boghossian)
    The Rhode Island Foundation
    Thew Pawtucket Foundation
    The Roberrtson Foundation (Stephen Hamblett)
    van Beuren Charitable Foundation (Barbara van Beuren)


    B&H Shipping Company (Michael Hudner)
    Blackstone Management (Jennifer Cookke)
    Burns & Levinson LLP
    Coventry Falls, LLC (Paul Boghossian)
    FM Global
    Hinckley, Allen & Snyder
    Moses, Afonso, Jackvony, LTD
    Robbins Properties (Arthur Robbins)
    Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Pierce
    Tillinghast Licht, LLP
    United Healthcare
    Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

    Nonprofit Organizations

    American Institute of Architects - RI Chapter
    Rhode Island Builders Association
    Save The Bay, Inc.
    The Preservation Society of Newport County

    Your tax deductible donation to Grow Smart RI enables us to continue producing this newsletter and developing and spreading the word about smart growth policies and programs that strengthen our cities and protect our countryside.

    See how easy it is to make a secure online contribution

  • State historic survey publications now online
  • Over the past 26 years, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has produced 60 survey publications for each of the state's 39 towns, for specific neighborhoods, and for thematic projects. Although the publications are out-of-print, they remain invaluable resources for researchers, history buffs, and residents.

    NEW! All survey publications have now been converted into pdf-format documents to read online and to download.

    Click here to find the survey for your community.

  • Mobilizing community assetts for community benefit
  • How can community assets be best mobilized to benefit the communities in which they are located? This question lies at the crux of the Lincoln Institute's CommunityLots website which ties together four initiatives on land markets:

    • Brownfields/Abandoned Lots Redevelopment;
    • Universities and Neighborhoods;
    • Community Land Trusts (CLTs); and
    • Toolbox for Community Based Organizations:

    The Community Lots website will bring together a diverse group of people committed to revitalization and development of neighborhoods and communities. Highlights of the CommunityLots website include:

    • Discussion forum to facilitate information sharing;
    • On-line submission and posting of community examples and experiences;
    • Calendar and on-line registration for courses, workshops and seminars; and
    • Resource Library:

  • Growth and development issues in the news
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