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 us for our June meeting which is focused on discussion of our local schools and planning kids events and activities for the summer. All are welcome.
Please join us for the Armory Advocacy Committee's June meeting where we will discuss PVDFest, future Armory tours, Armory swag follow-up, and goals for the remainder of the year. All are welcome.
The Providence (aka Cranston Street) Armory is open for tours during the PVDFest finale celebration in Dexter Training Ground. Learn more about this rare opportunity to see inside the West Side's historic castle. Photos by Rebecca Atwood.
This review of our hugely successful Earth Day event will answer your burning questions about just how many mattresses were picked up on Cleanup Day as well as why the Bocce Build volunteers seemed so smart!
WBNA's Public Trash Can Pilot Program is coming to bus stops on Westminster Street and Broadway this fall thanks to Councilman Bryan Principe, Providence Department of Public Works, and our Neighborhood Action & Crime Watch Committee.
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.