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
Join us for our second Business After Hours, this month at Asthenis Pharmacy on Cranston Street! This free and informal event is being organized by small business owners west of downtown, and welcomes other local business owners to come together to meet, mingle, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Please invite and spread the word to your business neighbors!
Enjoy the energy-raising rhythms of Roberto Arias y su Alebreke, bringing salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue to Dexter Park – and learn Salsa dancing from professional dancer Mori Granot Sanchez – during West Side Thursdays at 5:30pm. Following at 8pm is the Trinity Rep bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing / Tanta Bulla…¿Y Pa’ Qué? This fun-filled evening includes all the best offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks, Beer Garden, and more.
Performances are FREE and open to everyone.
Immerse yourself in the world music fusion of Sidy Maïga and Afrimanding, bringing West African drumming infused with hip-hop and the Caribbean to Dexter Park during our July 11 West Side Thursdays event. This fun-filled evening also welcomes the Providence Children's Museum with lots of kids’ fun, PLUS all the best offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks/vendors, Beer Garden by Revival Brewing Co and Troop, and more.
Get your americana on with the disgruntled country-rock-punk sounds of The Horse-Eyed Men during our August West Side Thursdays performance at Dexter Park. This fun-filled evening also welcomes the Providence Children's Museum with lots of kids’ fun, PLUS all the best offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks/vendors, Beer Garden by Revival Brewing Co and Troop, and more.
WBNA's summer performance series features family-friendly fun with salsa and bachata sensation Roberto Arias y su Alebreke (+ free salsa instruction); Trinity Rep's bilingual adaptation of Tanta Bulla… ¿Y Pa’ Qué? / Much Ado About Nothing; award winning West African drummer Sidy Maïga and Afrimanding; and the two-man americana band The Horse-Eyed Men, plus lots of kids activities, Beer Garden by Revival Brewing Co and Troop, and more! 2019 performance dates are June 20 & 27, July 11, and Aug 1.
In a whole-school collaboration, West Broadway Middle School launches the district’s first-ever chapter of the National Junior Honor Society as well as the district’s only National Student Council with an aim to pair student voice and leadership with academic learning.
WBNA seeks tenants for its beautiful, sunny, ground floor commercial space at 1577 Westminster Street, available immediately. Lease the entire 1,978 square foot space or one of two separate 989 square foot spaces on the building’s ground floor. Originally built as a market and café, 1577’s ground floor accommodates a broad range of commercial uses including shops, cafés, start-ups, offices, gallery/studio, or other retail or service entities.
Volunteers needed! In an ongoing partnership with House of Hope CDC, WBNA seeks volunteers for its ACES (Armory Citizens Enabling Shelter) initiative to provide outreach and supportive services to homeless and housing insecure individuals in the Dexter Training Ground area.
Be a Street Captain for our annual Spring Cleanup! Tired of seeing the same problem areas near your home week after week? Here's your chance to make it better in one day all while getting to know your neighbors!