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
Please join our March monthly meeting to help create a safer, cleaner neighborhood and a stronger community through cooperation with neighbors and partnerships with city and state departments.
Please join us for our April meeting which is focused on discussion of the Kids Zone at the Spring Cleanup and how to take first steps on school YouTube videos.
Please join us for this committee's first meeting where we will discuss the state's recent RFP process for reuse plans, planning an Armory community conversation, and our Operation Drill Hall initiative.
Spring cleaning time – neighborhood-style – at WBNA's 34th Annual Spring Cleanup. Make a great and visible impact on the neighborhood while getting to know your neighbors! Bonus points for adding some green to your clean.
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.
Be a Street Captain for the 2017 Spring Cleanup! Get to know your nearest neighbors by recruiting and organizing the cleanup on YOUR street. It's fun and easy – and we'll even throw a party for you!
The State of Rhode Island has announced a Request for Proposals for the development of reuse plans for the Cranston Street Armory that would include and reflect a community engagement process.
Our fun and inspiring 2017 Annual Meeting was a story-filled evening that celebrated the work of neighbors coming together to make the west side a better place for everyone.