About Cranston Style


Peg B
Cranston native. Knitting genius. RIPTA veteran.
Josh Wood
Cranston transplant. Likes transplanting plants. RIPTA rookie.
Floating Deer Head
Cranston native. Likes eating plants. Bus dodger.

Some Loose Goals

To seek out the places and people that give Cranston its unique character and flavor.

To focus on the conservation of open space, and the expansion of parks, bike trails and paths to enjoy outdoor activities and the natural world around us - and to protect and draw attention to Cranston's natural resources.

To explore ways to reduce our impact on the environment, such as supporting local farms and farmers' markets, recycling and composting.

To support the expansion of public transportation in the Providence metro area to relieve traffic and ease the pressure on the environment.

To promote smart development practices in order to reduce sprawl, conserve resources, encourage concentrated neighborhoods that promote pedestrian activity, create a sense of place, and generally increase the quality of life in Cranston.

To work towards these goals with a sense of humor and an eye to the future.

A Cranston Rant

Hello. My name is Josh Wood. I'm an art director. And I'm on a mission. In 2002, I moved to Eden Park, a small neighborhood in the city of Cranston, Rhode Island. In 2006, Cranston made the top 50 in the book "The Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America," sharing the dubious honor with Seattle and Washington DC. Cranston is funky, strange, eclectic, poorly planned, and at times, ugly, yes. But is it really one of the absolute worst places to live in America?

Cranston is probably best known as the universal nexus of Big Hair. An honor established in the 80's with the renaissance of mall culture and the pinnacle of glam metal. Cranston is also epicenter of the Rhode Island accent, where r's are arbitrarily lost and found and where the nasally twang is best heard through snapped gum. It's a place of exuberant masonry and cement lions, where the dogs are white and small like cats, and the shrubberies are shaped like gumdrops.

The city of Cranston's web site slogan is "Cranston - We're on the Move!" Given the reputation of the city, an outsider might read this literally - as if all 79,269 of the city's residents have packed up their things and decided to seek greener pastures over the border in Providence.

I'm on a mission to change that. I want to capture the sights, the sounds, the smells of the true Cranston. I want to document just how big Cranston hair actually is. I want familiarize myself, and the reader, with the exquisite music of the Cranston accent. I want to discover the superb hidden restaurants, tucked away in the vast, treeless shopping plazas that stretch as far as the eye can see. I want to know if cement lions really are the official city animal. I'm out to discover if there is a Cranston Style.

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Cranston Style

Cranston Resources

Cranston City Hall

The official web site of the city of Cranston.

Cranston Herald

The online presence of the Cranston Herald. Be sure to read the police logs.

Friends of the Pawtuxet

A grassroots citizens group dedicated to the stewardship of the Pawtuxet River.

Save Cranston Open Space

A Cranston citizens group dedicated to the preservation of the city's open space.

West Bay Land Trust

WBLT maintains a rich blend of wetlands, woodlands, urban preservation and pastoral space in the city of Cranston, and promotes their use through education, outreach and activities.

Rhode Island Resources

Farm Fresh Rhode Island

A comprehensive local food guide and advocacy group.

Pawtuxet River Authority

A non-profit agency created by the RI state legislature to improve the water and land quality of the Pawtuxet River.

RI Future: Politics & Culture

Progressive news, opinion and analysis covering a vast range of local issues.

RI Greenways Alliance

The local chapter of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, dedicated to off-road routes for multi-purpose recreational use.

Urban Planning

Greater City: Providence

A site dedicated to the responsible growth of the Greater Providence metro area.


A national network of blogs dedicated to sustainable transport, smart growth and livable streets in our cities.

Urban Planet, Rhode Island

A forum dedicated to urban planning issues in Rhode Island.

Friends of Cranston

Bird on the Wire

The blog of RI PBS.

Closing Argument

Legal braininess and insight from Cranston attorney and author, Matt Jerzyk.

Hard Deadlines

Writer John G. McDaid's blog dedicated to news and events in Portsmouth, RI.


The blog of Cranston resident Kiersten Marek, one of first of its kind, with a focus on social issues.

The Bucket Blog

A blog dedicated to the news and issues of Pawtucket, RI, orchestrated by John Speck.

Family & Friends

Adam Cooper Wood

Geekery, photography and house cleanery tips from beautiful BTV.

Mike is Happy

The delirious writings of pirate wannabe Mike Silvia.