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.
Don't know when it happened, but with the exception of the 5-gallon water bottle poised on a stick and a stack of water or gas pipes at the edge of the former roadway, all the construction detritus, scraps, shards, fragments of 2 x 4s and spare bricks just disappeared from the center of our Park.
Some or another person has run an earth mover around smoothing things down, removing a mound of hardened asphalt and generally tidying up the place.
It's hardly a smooth place to run around flinging frisbies, but we're definitely getting somewhere!
Sad to say, some people still seem to regard it the place as a receptacle for take-out coffee cups, empty beer cans and discarded springwater bottles (why concern for personal purity inside... but not outside, in our environment?). On the upside, people also toss away relatively clean plastic bags, which are convenient for use should you care to pick up stray bits of candy wrappers and such as you saunter along. Good bending exercise... a distraction while you wait for the dog you're walking to inventory the aromas left behind by fellow canine strollers.
As the last wildflowers linger past Thanksgiving Day, we wanted to suggest you take a look at the District's promised park land. It's not much to look at... at first glance. The abandoned road is still there, with its battered industrial-strength guard rail and faded I-95 direction signs. Several lengths of surplus? abandoned? forgotten? gas pipe provide refuge for rabbits evading visiting dogs. A pile of bricks, heaps of dirt and broken concrete and whatnot dot the landscape.
But look beyond all that. The 195 commission has removed much of the scrambled brush, saplings and milkweed that used to impeded the pedestrian. Brush that used to catch blown newspapers and plastic bags has been cut back. And the nascent homeless encampment no longer has its grassy bed and sheltering shrubs.
Drop by today and you'll have a clear path that runs (or walks, depending on your inclination) from the south end intersection of Eddy, Ship and Dyer Streets along the Narragansett Bay Commission "canal" and around onto the Providence River embankment and upriver on the River Walk into DownCity.
People have already discovered our Park's quiet pleasures. You'll find them enjoying a morning jog, a lunchtime walk, a sunset stroll (4:30 pm seems early for the sun to go down, but that's winter for you), an evening promenade... loosing a happy dog to persuade geese to go elsewhere to graze... taking in the view across at the east side of the river where the marvelous19th-century warehouses glow in the late afternoon sun.
Fishermen cast their lines out toward the I-195 piers. While they wait for bites, those piers wait for the pedestrian bridge construction to begin next year. The bridge will give CiTY WALK a direct route across the river on its way from Roger Williams Park to India Point Park. CiTY WALK plans here.
A birdwatcher spends his lunch hour scanning for birds in the trees that line the area across the canal. Those trees will shield park-goers from the view of the new switchgear building and transformer yard National Grid is about to build there. Details here. Next door, as part of its redevelopment of the old power plant, South Street Landing will extend the River Walk around the transformer yard and on downstream to the parklet at Point Street.
For a little local color: a few pictures of late blooming flowers, an overview of the park from the Dyer Street entrance and some reminders of the narrow escape we had last summer. (Keep an eye out for any hints that the ball park notion may be coming back to life. We believe it is dead... but you never know.)
As the infrastructure slowly assumes its new configurations in the Jewelry District pedestrians and motorists alike face challenges that range from the funny to the life-threatening.
RIDoT has left us with an inventive array of...
Equivocal street signs.
Gaps where directional signs should be.
Important signs hiding behind miscellaneous info signs.
Signs here one day, gone the next.
Signs tossed aside in November before the snow drifts appeared.
The gallery below provides a few examples.