Now that the presumptive numbers are up on the scoreboard, it looks as if the PawSox ballpark discussion is settling down for an earnest debate at City, State and Baseball-Fan levels.
On the 15th, Paul Grimaldi offered analysis in the Journal headed, "Proposed PawSox stadium's value can be difficult to measure." Read the piece here.
Friday's Projo has further articles and analysis. Donita Naylor went to Pawtucket to check the blood pressure of fans at the home opener. Anecdotal research, perhaps, but vivid reactions here.
Beth Comery writes in a somewhat negative vein in her article titled "Stadium Proposal A Lose/Lose" here on Providence Daily Dose.
And our previous post "Stadium Proponents Hold Press Conference" provided links to the PawSox owners' complete economic analysis, architects' concepts for the stadium and more.
On RIPR's On Politics Blog offers Ian Donnis's look at the proposal, "PawSox Providence Ballpark would Cost State About $2M Per Year." You can read it or hear it here.
His colleague, Scott MacKay rolled up his sleeves and dissected the pros and the cons of the subject in "The PawSox Baseball Move to Providence: Good or Bad?" Decide for yourself by listening to Scott or reading him here.
Finally, for the moment anyway...
Comments from the Cranston Style blog by Josh Wood, under the headline: "The Providence Ballpark Proposal and The Fuzzy Math of Stadium Economics." You can read this one here.
Stay tuned, sports fans and lovers of the walkable city. it's getting interesting.
Remember the streetcar plan? Well, it is still out there somewhere, percolating, adjusting, morphing and doing all sorts of other things. For a quick update, click here.
Key changes include a connection to the railroad station and slight repositioning of stops in the Jewelry District, as well as lower capital costs thanks to a shortening of the first phase route.
After a closer study, maybe we'll have more details and more to say.
The new owners of the PawSox held a press conference Tuesday and presented conceptual plans for their proposed Providence ball park and its surroundings.
For a first glimpse of the concept, see Thursday's article by Kate Bramson in the Providence Journal here.
The new PawSox owners have put up a comprehensive website that includes a Press Release, an Economic Impact Study and a Case Study to further their argument in favor of the ball park. The three items mentioned above plus FAQs, ballpark details and more can be found here.
The website offers a variety of fetching renderings of what the new stadium might look like. Whether you're pro or con, the site is a must read presentation.
In an Op-Ed piece in Tuesday's Providence Journal, Brown University Paxson presented a far-reaching proposal for the development of the Jewelry DIstrict.
You can read the Op-Ed here.
The anticipated spring launch of construction on the Providence River pedestrian and bike bridge has run into some snags. Rather than say anything more, we'll just refer you to this Providence Journal article.
As more details become available, we'll post them here.
CiTY WALK is moving into its next phase and everyone is welcome to help it on its way. The next meeting is coming up next week. Tell your friends! Bring your ideas!
Monday, March 23 5:30-7:30 PM
The Providence Foundation
1st Floor Conference Room
30 Exchange Terrace
Click here for complete details about this important meeting.
Hopeful signs of spring: a city crew was observed at mid-day on Wednesday in the process of patching some of the more cavernous in the District's prize-worthy collection of pot holes.
Pedestrians on rainy and heavy snow-melt days have been at their peril along the stretch of Chestnut between Clifford and South Streets. Pooling water makes potholes invisible, and unwary – or sadistic – drivers plowing through them drenches passersby.
The pothole crew's efforts will end that menace, at least as long as the patches hold.
And, unfortunately, that's our only hope: this section of Chestnut Street does not appear on the Mayor's pavement schedule map. Unbelievable? See for yourself below.
Streets in blue are the ones slated for paving under the $40 million bond issue. (Click to enlarge map)