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
Twenty-eight trees will be planted during this expansive planting from Knight to Tobey Streets, and VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! No experience necessary, just a willingness to get your hands in some (clean) dirt. Starts at 20 Harrison Street.
Please join us for this committee's second meeting where we will discuss regular tours of the Armory, Armory swag/merchandise to raise awareness and funds, and upcoming events. All are welcome.
Come out to celebrate 14 years in the making of this special outdoor space at Luongo Square with a brief speaking program and ribbon-cutting followed by a ceremonial turning-on of the fountain for its first season.
The West Side Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale has what you want, need and didn't even know you need. Come out for one of WBNA's funnest adventure/events that showcases the whole neighborhood.
Where are they now? A semi-quarterly update of CDC reviewed projects featuring Sin Bakery at 1413 Westminster Street, the former Lawton Storage building at 19 Harrison Street, and Pastaio at 9 Parade Street.
Our first Armory Advocacy Committee meeting welcomed attendees including Senator Jabour, and discussed the State's RFP process, planning for tours and a Community Conversation, and other initiatives to support the preservation and reuse of the Armory.
If National Grid starts to replace gas mains in your neighborhood this spring, it may also try to move your existing gas meter from inside your basement to the exterior front of your home – all without much warning. Don't be caught off guard – know your rights.
At least 80 neighbors were in attendance at our town hall meeting to ask questions and hear directly from their State and City legislators. Questions were wide-ranging and covered topics such as the Community Safety Act, immigration and the status of John Hope Settlement House.