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
As part of our Live Local, Give Local community giving campaign this holiday season, WBNA is collecting new and unwrapped toys for children ages 18 months to 13 years of age in support of West End Community Center's annual toy drive. Thank you for considering those in need in our community as you plan your holiday giving.
Hear about teaching and learning at our neighborhood public schools, meet the award-winning principals from Asa Messer Elementary and West Broadway Middle Schools, and talk with parents whose children attend these schools.
All are welcome to our 10th 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.
The City Plan Commission Hearing on a proposed 5 story development at 1292 Westminster is Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Please make your voice heard and be engaged in a public process that not only impacts this site but will shape the development of our neighborhood's main streets for years to come.
Review of a fantastic House Tour weekend and celebration that includes photos by Jack Ryan and Rebecca Atwood. Special thanks to all who made it possible and a great success.
It's a simple idea: Give where you live. And this year, WBNA makes it simple to do, by organizing three local giving opportunities that promise a positive impact in neighbors' lives this season.
Luongo Square enhancement project, bocce courts and chess in the park, and continued advocacy for a diverse and livable neighborhood – all our work is fueled by you. Check in on our year's Work Plan goals and projects, and help support our efforts by becoming a 2017 member today.
After hearing public testimony from west side neighbors, the Providence Historic District Commission (HDC) is requiring improvements to developers' plans for a proposed five story building at 1292 Westminster Street presented at last month's HDC meeting.