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Saving The Abandoned House, Chester Smolski Aug 1980

Saving The Abandoned House, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"It had been standing vacant in Olneyville for about three weeks, after the last tenant had moved out. Then one day a half-dozen young people came and ripped, smashed and generally tore it apart--the windows, doors and even the aluminum siding. Although the police were called, the vandals got away, and another house became a victim to city living."


The Energy-Saving Cities, Chester Smolski Apr 1980

The Energy-Saving Cities, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Can Rhode Island automobile drivers survive on one and one-half gallons of gasoline a day? This is the target set by the federal government for the next quarter in its attempt to make us less dependant on foreign sources of petroleum."


Bottle Bill Would Stimulate Sense Of Pride In Ri, Chester Smolski Mar 1980

Bottle Bill Would Stimulate Sense Of Pride In Ri, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Statements being made by Bottle Bill opponents have increasingly become more ludicrous. Most recently the head of the Rhode Island section of the United States Steelworkers of America wrote to members of the General Assembly, in whose hands the fate of the propsed legislation now rests, and offered this reasoning on the bill."


Ways To Offset High Interest, Rising Cost Of Housing, Chester Smolski Dec 1979

Ways To Offset High Interest, Rising Cost Of Housing, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Little noted by the general public, the recent decision by the Federal Reserve Board to make credit more costly and less easily available is having a marked impact on that same public, especially in the area of housing."


Waste, Abuse Assure Changes In Section 8 Housing, Chester Smolski Dec 1979

Waste, Abuse Assure Changes In Section 8 Housing, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"The series of articles and subsequent editorials on the Section 8 program that appeared in these papers have drawn several angry responses to the editor from residents of this government-assisted housing. Typical is the following: 'When something worthwhile is being done for the handicapped and elderly in Rhode Island, why do you do your best to kill it?...If the Section 8 program is hurt in any way because of your articles, you can sit back and laugh while 1,700 future applicants for housing are crying.'"


Suburban Elderly Speak Out In Providence, Chester Smolski Nov 1979

Suburban Elderly Speak Out In Providence, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"The talk was designed to elicit information and reactions from the audience of elderly. And it did just that because old people do not waste words and are not reluctant to speak out, perhaps because they realize that they have little time left, so they were ready with their comments and quite willing to fill out the questionnaire."


The Local Planning Boards Miss An Opportunity, Chester Smolski Nov 1979

The Local Planning Boards Miss An Opportunity, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Planning boards in the communities of the state have the responsibility to study, advise and recommend strategies and policies for the growth and development of their respective cities and towns. These appointed members frequently have no background on such matters and must often make decisions on which they have little understanding. This is particularly true in areas of housing where PUD, PURD, Condo, Co-op, zero lot line zoning, and a host of other acronyms and concepts sometimes defy comprehension."


Questions Raised On Railroad Location, Chester Smolski Nov 1979

Questions Raised On Railroad Location, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"A second public hearing on the proposed relocation of the railroad station and tracks in Providence was held on October 25 in state capitol. Approximately 40 people were in attendance: most of whom were from Providence; most of whom raised substantive questions about the proposed relocation; and most of whom were opposed to it."


Downtown Plan Needed For Future Growth, Chester Smolski Oct 1979

Downtown Plan Needed For Future Growth, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"It appears that the Providence downtown is finally turning the corner. A proposal to beautify the entrance into the city center from Route 95 with trees, flags, parks, art work and new illumination has been submitted to the Providence Redevelopment Authority. This turn to aesthetics, coming on the heels of considerable physical improvement of roads and buildings accomplished and in progress, is an indication that downtown interests recognize the lack of an attractive city 'gateway' and want to do something about it. This is decidedly a praiseworthy action on the part of the private sector."


The 'Providence Process' As A Model For Development, Chester Smolski Oct 1979

The 'Providence Process' As A Model For Development, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Sen. Paul E. Tsongas of Massachusetts, addressing the International Downtown Executives Association in Washington early this year, stressed the importance of the city center with these words: "I firmly believe that no matter what we do for the neighborhoods, if we let the downtown fail, then the whole city goes. In a real sense, the downtowns are everybody's neighborhood. And it becomes everybody's problem to see that they are as strong and healthy and vibrant as the heart of the city should be.""


Beating The Drum For Tourists: Hartford Leads By A Mile, Chester Smolski Sep 1979

Beating The Drum For Tourists: Hartford Leads By A Mile, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"This capital city of the Nutmeg state is remarkably similar to Rhode Island's capital city both in terms of historical development and present day status. Bu there is one striking difference: the ability and commitment to 'sell' itself."


Valley View Saved For Now, But What Of The Future?, Chester Smolski Aug 1979

Valley View Saved For Now, But What Of The Future?, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"It is 'a remarkable demonstration that public housing, under the right circumstances and with the right kind of management, can work.' So stated a prominent urbanologist from Loyola University in describing the Valley View housing development in Providence."


Farewell To The Bucklin Bldg., Chester Smolski Aug 1979

Farewell To The Bucklin Bldg., Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"How does one write an obituary for a building? Does one concentrate on its architecture and long history, or does one single out the actors and forces which killed it? The current razing of the Bucklin Building can only bring sadness to the heart and the need to express, in a few, final words, a tribute to a fine and familiar structure."


Rediscovering Joys Of Walking In The City, Chester Smolski Jul 1979

Rediscovering Joys Of Walking In The City, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

""They're gonna stay in the city," is the way a major Providence developer and landowner stated it. A forecast that urbanists have been making for the past several years is now reaching fruition, and when it comes from businessman whose property investments depend on their perception of the future, there can be little question that its time has come."


Housing Rehabilitation Working In Hoboken, Chester Smolski Jun 1979

Housing Rehabilitation Working In Hoboken, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"One may not believe the argument but George Kohn, executive vice president of Applied Housing Associates, makes an interesting point. His business is housing, and he raises the question of where one should live--Manhattan or Hoboken. Why live on Manhattan's West Side, he asks, and pay $1,000 a month to wake each morning and view the flat, industrial ad boring New Jersey landscape across the Hudson? Why not live in Hoboken, at a $250 monthly rental, and view the fantastic, and only one like it in the world, Manhattan skyline to the east? Thirty cents and a 12-minute ...


The Case For Residency Requirements, Chester Smolski May 1979

The Case For Residency Requirements, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"The issue has been raised previously. It came up again most recently with the applicants for jobs with the Providence Fire Department. The question is, 'Should city employees be required to live in the city which employs them?'"


Housing Program That Suffers From Too Much Success, Chester Smolski May 1979

Housing Program That Suffers From Too Much Success, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"One of the strengths of this country lies in the large number of people who own and occupy their own homes. In 1970, 63 percent of Americans were classed as owner-occupiers (in Rhode Island the figure was 58 percent), and that number has grown to approximately 65 percent today."


Role For Business Leaders In A Cleaner Downtown, Chester Smolski Apr 1979

Role For Business Leaders In A Cleaner Downtown, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"The recent sales promotion by the Providence Intown Merchants Association proved quite successful. Five-cent bus rides and bargain sales generated considerable business, especially on Saturday, normally a quiet day for retail sales in the downtown. This well illustrates what is possible when salesmanship and cooperation among downtown merchants are used to full advantage."


More Inner City Jobs, Chester Smolski Mar 1979

More Inner City Jobs, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Congressman Henry S. Reuss of Wisconsin has given the answer most succinctly: "The most straightforward way to help cities is to provide jobs...From a city's standpoint, jobless citizens make no contributions to a community's revenues. But they add greatly to its costs for welfare, crime, and assorted ills."


Stimulus For R.I. Housing, Chester Smolski Mar 1979

Stimulus For R.I. Housing, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"It was the single largest bond issue in the state and one of the largest in the nation. The Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation (HMFC) has sold $163 million of tax-free bonds, $142 million of which will be made available at below market interest rates to persons with annual incomes up to $30,000, to buy homes in Rhode Island. This will have a sizable impact on the local real estate market and increase housing opportunities for many prospective home buyers."


State-Supported Urban Policy Vital For Rhode Island, Chester Smolski Feb 1979

State-Supported Urban Policy Vital For Rhode Island, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"For the first time in this country's history there is now a national urban policy, a statement of objectives that need to be implemented if this nation's cities are to survive and subsequently prosper."


Gentrification--Urban Movement, But Small, Chester Smolski Dec 1978

Gentrification--Urban Movement, But Small, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"It appears that the gentry are returning to the city in droves, snapping up old Federal, Victorian and Greek revival structures in some of our declining and marginal neighborhoods, rehabilitating these structurally sound buildings, and driving up the value of the surrounding properties, with a resultant upgrading of the neighborhoods in which they are located. In the process the poor and moderate income residents can no longer afford to live in their old neighborhoods, and are being forced from their communities by this avalanche of affluent professionals who have rediscovered the joy of urban living. At least this is what ...


Is This What We Want For Our Small Urban State?, Chester Smolski Oct 1978

Is This What We Want For Our Small Urban State?, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"The big advantage of a small state is that it is comprehensible, and some might say managable. Certainly, it is easier to work with the 39 cities and towns of this state rather than the 351 cities and towns of nearby Massachusetts. And yet one wonders if this is really true."


Providence Needs Downtown Development District, Chester Smolski Aug 1978

Providence Needs Downtown Development District, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"In case you have not noticed, there is a considerable amount of activity taking place in downtown Providence these days."


Opportunity For Productive Land Use In Weybosset Hill Renewal Project, Chester Smolski Jul 1978

Opportunity For Productive Land Use In Weybosset Hill Renewal Project, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Recent proposals submitted to the Providence Redevelopment Authority for the development of "parcel 4" in the Weybosset Hill Urban Renewal Project have raised some interesting ideas as to the best use of that site."


Would A Westerly Mall Benefit The Entire Town?, Chester Smolski Jul 1978

Would A Westerly Mall Benefit The Entire Town?, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"It is the largest urban center in southwestern Rhode Island but, in reality, it is just a small town with a population approaching 20,000. A good example of small-town America, it is an attractive community and one in which residents take a good deal of pride."


Partnership That Can Save Downtown, Chester Smolski Jul 1978

Partnership That Can Save Downtown, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Downtown is the heart of any city. It is the most valuable land in the city, with businesses, entertainment, shops, government and transportation lines competing for space. It is this competition for space which causes buildings to rise highest above the ground, and go give the downtown the distinctive skyline which identifies a Providence, Boston and Manhattan. It is this skyline, in combonation with the architecture, building layout, and general appearence, which provides a sense of surprise and discovery to city centers, and which differentiates one city center from another."


Better Year Ahead For Ri Builders, Chester Smolski May 1978

Better Year Ahead For Ri Builders, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"Building permit figures recently released by the Rhode Island Builders Association indicate that housing construction in the first quarter of 1978 is well ahead of the comparable period for 1977. The signs are encouraging that this year will be better than the last and that the recovery continues from 1975, the poorest year for the housing industry in the 1970s."


Land Use--The Senate Buckled Under The Test, Chester Smolski May 1978

Land Use--The Senate Buckled Under The Test, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"They killed it on May 4, 1978. Quietly, behind closed doors and and out of the public eye, this small, powerful group decided that the Senate of the Rhode Island General Assembly would not pass Bill 77-H 6299 (Substitute "A"), An Act Establishing a State-Local Management Program."


Land Management Bill Must Not Be Dismissed, Chester Smolski Apr 1978

Land Management Bill Must Not Be Dismissed, Chester Smolski

Smolski Texts

"After 10 years of study, three years of public meetings and discussion, three years of writing and revision, and now for the third consecutive year, the carefully conceived, greatly altered, and highly-detailed 136-page bill to manage the land of Rhode Island is before the General Assembly for possible enactment."