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Patrick

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Patrick said:
Ron Newman said:
on the whole I think the skyline would benefit if downtown were elevated above the rest fo the city.
Pittsburgh has much taller buildings and a more scenic location.
 

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I agree with the statement that the skyline of the city would benefit from being elevated, but from the origin of cities, it's pretty impractical. Most cities were put where they were put for the proximity to the closest body of water, usually the lowest point (especially in coastal cities).

I always find driving in to Boston to be interesting for this very reason. I find that driving inbound from 93 North makes the city look kinda high, whereas driving from, say, Rt. 3 inbound makes the city look like it's at the bottom of a hole. But both cases make it look pretty IMO (at least with Boston).

From Providence, the only way the city looks "tall" is driving toward the city on Rt. 195. And even at that, it is an Elevated highway (which they are currently moving even further away from the skyline), so you are still looking "down" on the buildings (aka above the bases of the buildings, at least).
 

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Are there plans to do more streetscape projects?
I hope! No pics, but they have been doing a lot of paving, tree planting, and "fixing up" in and around the Jewelry District. I 'spose part of the greater plan to lure development there.

City Walk will add improvements from South Providence to Downcity: http://www.providenceri.gov/planning/citywalk/ I think/ hope we will see improvements alongside the Downtown Transit Connecter as well.

We have a draft "Great Streets" plan. But I'm unsure about how you turn plans like this into reality: http://www.providenceri.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/DRAFT-Great-Streets-Plan-2019-06-12.pdf As I understand it, it's just a framework.

The biggest challenge as a pedestrian downtown, for me, is really maneuvering around the construction that's going on. But I'll take it! I'd like to see separate bike lanes in the surrounding neighborhoods. We have a huge opportunity with Broadway being as wide as it is to do so there.
 

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