Planning & Development

James Howard Kunstler on Suburbia

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by Josh Wood Wednesday March 25, 2009

Here is a TED talk featuring James Howard Kunstler. Kunstler, an outspoken critic of sprawl, believes “public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead,” he argues, “what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.” In his book The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape, Kunstler attempts to “discover how and why suburbia has ceased to be a credible human habitat, and what society might do about it.” (Wikipedia).

While the city has a lot to offer, Cranston is on the front lines of Providence’s ever-expanding sprawl. You might not agree with all of the ideas, but imagine Reservoir Avenue as you watch this video.

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Monday August 1, 2011

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Thursday April 14, 2011

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Monday March 28, 2011

Why Build High-Speed Rail in the Northeast?

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Monday October 11, 2010

The Warwick Commuter Rail Station Set To Open October 27

The commuter rail station at T.F. Green airport in Warwick is set to open on October 27. The building, called the InterLink, includes a parking garage, car rental facilities, a RIPTA bus stop and moving walkways that connect the station to the airport terminal. The tentative schedule calls for 3 commuter trains from Warwick in the morning, and 3 return trains. The details of the schedule are being finalized by RIDOT and the MBTA.