The WBNA organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote our diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant, and sustainable place to be SWELL
(Shop, Work, Eat, Live, and Learn locally).
WBNA'S STATEMENT IN RESPONSE
TO GOVERNOR RAIMONDO'S ANNOUNCEMENT
There is always time to do the right thing
WBNA is shocked and outraged by this short sighted announcement that excludes the community from both process and design. Rhode Island will be missing a great opportunity to, for once, be forward thinking as a state; to right the wrongs of the past (social justice and poor design); to save millions of dollars; to improve the commuter experience and reduce congestion; and to be multimodal, sustainable, and thoughtful about climate change. The West End, Olneyville, Federal Hill, Providence, and Rhode Island as a whole deserve better. This will be the most expensive bad decision Rhode Island has ever made (current cost estimates are up to $400 million dollars for one-mile of reconstruction). Instead, let’s bring the people to the planning table and set an example of good, inclusive, affordable, sustainable design for the world to follow.
Too often in Rhode Island, citizens are excluded from meaningful public process in the name of “public safety.” We know that 6-10 is in dire need of repair, but to throw away an opportunity to do the right thing economically, environmentally, and for the health and well-being of abutting communities is shortsighted and drastic. There is always time to do the right thing.
TAKE ACTION NOW
All are welcome to our 9th Annual West Side Caroling event! Meet up at Loie Fuller's from 5-6pm for snacks & socializing, then head out at 6pm sharp to bring holiday cheer to the neighborhood with some special stops along the way.
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It's simple: SIGN THE PETITION and letter to Governor Raimondo asking her to be both safe and innovative in the State's approach to rebuilding the 6-10, and DONATE to the Fix the 6-10's Action Campaign that will allow us to advocate most effectively when needed!
WBNA Community Development Committee opposes the proposal for a Best Western Glo Hotel at 322 Washington Street citing inadequate adherence to urban design standards, a lack of fit with the neighborhood, and significant concerns about the development's negative impact on traffic.
Learn about the City of Providence's 6-10 Connector Draft Plan, a design that strives to meet community goals for both the City and State as a whole.