After a complete renovation of the building at the corner of Ship and Elbow, the Desisto Law Offices have moved into 60 Ship St.
Formerly located on Angell Street on the East Side, the firm just opened for business in the District. The JDA welcomes the law firm to our neighborhood.
It's great to see the building brought to new life, sporting its brand new, period-correct windows.
And while we are glad to have new neighbors, we admit to a little nostalgia for the days when 60 Ship served as world headquarters for Narragansett Brewing. The big Narragansett sign is gone from the facade. And the mountain climber who — in banner form — ascended the corner of the building is now climbing somewhere else.
As you drive around the District, it becomes clear that no one is paying attention to the placement or maintenance of traffic signs and signals with any diligence.
One observer has timed the traffic light at Clifford and Chestnut remaining red for nearly 5 minutes for Chestnut St. motorists on many occasions. The situation gets reported to the Traffic Department, they push a button or throw a lever and for a few days the light behaves... until it doesn't.
One-way streets are haphazardly marked at intersections. The situation is not helped by building that edge narrow sidewalks and create blind intersections. Taken together with the Rhode Island habit of running yellow and — not infrequently — red lights, there's rich potential for disaster.
The JDA has begun an informal inventory of missing, damaged, misplaced and otherwise confusing street signs. The results were posted on 15 May 2017.
UPDATE 13 June 17: The traffic department has been at work and some situations have been corrected: 1. They've put up a Do Not Enter sign at Richmond and Clifford. 2. They replaced the damaged sign on Chestnut St. near Nick-n-Nee's. 3. They picked up the abandoned stop sign at the end of Parsonage St.
UNREADABLE, CONFUSING & OBSCURED SIGNS
A lot of stuff gets tossed aside in the District. Stolen purses and book bags. Empty or half-full beer bottles. For months an Everlast punching bag has been lying on the curb on Friendship St. (did some mug knock it out?). Shoes. Bits of costume jewelry, appropriate, one suggests, for the Jewelry District. Sundry items of clothing. And tons, literally, of other sstuff.
Much of the debris arrives early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, after the bars close. But many other bits and pieces land at District curbs, in vacant lots, parking lots and lots of other places at all times of the day and night. For example, why has the former Victory Plating site become a collection point for hubcabs. Nearly a dozen lie just inside the fence along the Allen's Ave. side of the site.
Another year goes by, must be time for the annual mowing on the disappearing sidewalk along the parking lot at 55 Claverick Street. (See last year's crop, HERE)
Even though our park is desolate and derelict and dusty, it remains an interesting place to visit for the passing scene, both natural and man-made. Sometimes both. And sometime mysterious or at least a little puzzling. You can find more about past events in previous posts in this section.
Who knows what was going on, but at 5:46 pm Thursday night, January 14th, South Street Landing's work site was a blaze of light inside and out. Did some one forget to turn the lights out when they quit for the day at 3:00?
A walk around the District turns up interesting sights.
Along with street signage anomalies, unexplained happenings and peculiar (or thoughtless obstructions) on the sidewalks cataloged further down the Topics Page, there are intriguing visitors who pass through.
Here's the first one for 2016: The Big Underwear bus. Go figure. Or is it GO, Figure!
With a warning that anyone who's allergeric to bees might want to keep away from this tree on Clifford Street one tree west of Claverack St., here are some shots of the hiveless honey bees that arrived in the District on June 4th. They were still there on the morning of the 6th. If these things worry you, be reassured, sort of: their numbers appear to be diminishing.
While we were battling to keep the PawSox in Pawtucket and off our park land, Hartford, Connecticut, was busily building a new minor league ball park. Things are not going all that well, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. Not regular readers of that paper we would have missed the story, but thanks to Beth Comery at Providence Daily Dose, you can read all about it right here.
The stadium's running late, way over budget and the owners of the team are holding out a baseball cap to be filled, if you please, with another $25,000,000 of public money.
Have we dodged that bullet?
As the Providence Daily Dose suggests: Follow No New Stadium for Providence on Facebook and keep up with any new developments. It’s not over.