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 June monthly meeting which features a crime report from Lt. Fernandes, open neighbor discussion, our collaborative pilot outreach program with House of Hope and progress on the public trash can project. All are welcome.
Please join us for the Armory Advocacy Committee's July meeting where we will discuss future Armory tours, status of the RFP process, public outreach and goals for the remainder of the year. All are welcome.
Join neighbors, elected officials, and the Jeffrey family in celebrating the completion of our Bocce Courts and Chess Tables in the Park project in a ribbon cutting ceremony and "toss of the first ball" that ends with a Chess Program for kids.
Come out and enjoy Karma Rocket at our first West Side Thursdays event as well as a pre-show ribbon-cutting celebration of our Bocce Courts and Chess Tables at 4pm, Kids Chess Program at 4:30pm, and, of course, all the offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including the Armory Farmers Market Beer Garden.
WBNA's summer performance series (July 13, 20, & 27) features family-friendly fun with Karma Rocket, children's musical artist Lindsay Meehan, K.C. Moaners and Trinity Rep's bilingual premiere of Romeo + Juliet, plus lots of kids activities and more.
Mixed-use development is what keeps a city vital and its commercial corridors relevant, thriving and at service to the people who live there. Read more about plans for 1292 Westminster Street and why it matters to the health of our community.
WBNA's collaboration with House of Hope to create a summer pilot outreach program in Dexter Training Ground has expanded to offer training to west side neighbors who wish to help assist individuals in the park who are homeless or housing insecure.
In its 150th year, the long-neglected "Wedding Cake House" at 514 Broadway looks to new life as an artist-in-residence hub that would include a bed and breakfast with an aim to attract arts tourists, researchers, and historians.
16 packed-to-the-max groups, 3 Spanish-speaking tours, and well over a hundred people on the waiting list. By all accounts, our first Armory Open! tours were a great success.