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Cooperating For Economic Development, Chester Smolski Jul 1992

Cooperating For Economic Development, Chester Smolski

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"This small state has an advantage over larger states because its size allows it to share ideas more easily. With only 39 cities and towns, and no county governments, it is possible to have a meeting in Providence, attended by representatives of these communities within less than a one-hour drive."


Building Providence: Why Not Shout It From The Rooftops?, Chester Smolski Jun 1992

Building Providence: Why Not Shout It From The Rooftops?, Chester Smolski

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"In the past decade, we have moved railroad tracks and built a new railroad station; we are moving two rivers; and now we plan to move an interstate highway. These were the opening remarks of Tom Deller, associate director of planning for the city of Providence to planners here for the annual meeting of the New England chapter of the American Planning Association. Just the thought of these words is mind-boggling."


What Downtown Needs To Get Going, Chester Smolski Mar 1992

What Downtown Needs To Get Going, Chester Smolski

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"They mayor of Providence wasted little time in responding to the ideas presented by Andres Duany and his team of experts i the recent Providence charrette. he appointed a task force consisting of nine subcommittees which have bee studying the ideas suggested in Dunay's preliminary report."


Fixing Downtown: Now The Hard Part, Chester Smolski Dec 1991

Fixing Downtown: Now The Hard Part, Chester Smolski

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"Nov. 7, 1991, will not necessarily be labeled a local day of infamy just because Prime Time Live chose to highlight Rhode Island, which some have called the most corrupt state in the country. But if one attended the final presentation of the Providence "charrette" earlier that evening--a summary of ideas and actions designed to revitalize the capital city's downtown--and later watched ABC's depiction of our state--one could certainly call it a day of incongruity."


Keeping The Pols Honest With Regionalization, Chester Smolski Nov 1991

Keeping The Pols Honest With Regionalization, Chester Smolski

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"The New England Governor's Conference will hold a meeting in Hartford on December 6 to address regional economic issues that are common to the six states located in the northeast corner of the country. During that same week, the towns of Warren and Bristol in Rhode Island will hold public sentiment for the sharing of schools in the two towns. As disparate as these two meetings appear to be, there is a commonality of purpose that marks both: regionalism."


Bringing It Together, Downtown, Chester Smolski Nov 1991

Bringing It Together, Downtown, Chester Smolski

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"They came, they saw, they discussed, they analyzed, and they made their ideas known to the populace. Now they wait for further comments from the citizenry before they provide their final written report in January."


Pawtucket Puts Planning On Tv, Chester Smolski Sep 1991

Pawtucket Puts Planning On Tv, Chester Smolski

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"When the Rhode Island Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Regulation Act was passed by the General Assembly in 1988, the state became one of a handful of states that sought to bring order out of the chaos of development. The results of that legislation are slowly starting to emerge.

The original law stipulated that by the end of 1990, each city and town would file with the state a comprehensive plan which addressed nine elements. Subject to state approval to ensure compatibility with state goals and policies, the plans will allow communities to better deal with problems related to growth."


The Benefits Of Regionalization, Chester Smolski Jul 1991

The Benefits Of Regionalization, Chester Smolski

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"Bristol County is unusual among Rhode Island's five counties. Not only is it contiguous with a county of the same name in an adjoining state, but it also consists of only three towns--Barrington, Warren and Bristol--and is one of the smallest of the 3,141 counties in this country."


Census Numbers Show R.I.'S Soul, Chester Smolski Jul 1991

Census Numbers Show R.I.'S Soul, Chester Smolski

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"More numbers have been released by the government from the 1990 census on population and housing. The results tell us something of the uniqueness of this smallest state.

It is useful to determine trends from the past and the present in order to plan for the future, a common method of analysis. But it is also helpful to realize that we are part of a region and a country, and much can be learned by making comparisons between ourselves and others for the same period of time."


Some Thoughts On Regionalization, Chester Smolski Jul 1991

Some Thoughts On Regionalization, Chester Smolski

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"New Englanders pride themselves on their self-reliance, their fortitude, their independance and, some would say, their obstinacy. Generally good qualities, but they come at a price: not cooperating with others around you. And this has been a tradition in this part of the country since its founding.

But now the 39 cities and towns are faced with severe cutbacks in funding from federal and state sources, and major questions are being raised by taxpayers who are expressing their anger by voting to reduce all types of programs, especially the biggest expense in most communities--the schools."


Census: To Recount Or Not To Recount?, Chester Smolski Jun 1991

Census: To Recount Or Not To Recount?, Chester Smolski

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"Whether to adjust or not to adjust, that is the critical question facing the US Census Bureau in the next six weeks, when it decides if it is necessary to make some type of accommodation in the figures form the April 1, 1990, census count.

Deemed "not the best census ever" by the New York Times, the count, as detailed by an embarrassed Census Bureau, missed between four and six million of the country's residents, an undercount even greater than that of 1980. Sadly, more than one half of the undercount included blacks or Hispanics, a population that needs ...


Census Numbers May Mean Money To Cities, Chester Smolski Feb 1991

Census Numbers May Mean Money To Cities, Chester Smolski

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"It looks like we're nearly there. The results of America's most costly census have been announced and many cities and states are not happy with them. A possible adjustment of figures will likely do little to placate them."


Skewed Distance Perception Is Rhody Tradition, Chester Smolski Feb 1991

Skewed Distance Perception Is Rhody Tradition, Chester Smolski

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"We all joke about the size of this state and the attitude that its residents have regarding traveling any distance: Packing a lunch if you are going to Westerly from Providence, staying overnight if you go to Burrillville from Bristol and driving from Pawtucket all the way to Exeter to visit a friend. We hear it enough to start believing it."


Land Costs Make For High-Cost Housing Starts, Chester Smolski Oct 1990

Land Costs Make For High-Cost Housing Starts, Chester Smolski

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"Here in the Northeast, where housing prices are among the highest in the nation, it is difficult to find measures to reduce the price of housing to make it more affordable. Even with talk of an impending recession, house prices have moderated only slightly, and the real estate business finds itself in a very troubled state."


Charting Migration And Miscalculation, Chester Smolski Sep 1990

Charting Migration And Miscalculation, Chester Smolski

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"There was cause for celebration last March 6 at the Department of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. The achievement was the recording of 250 million on the bureau's "population odometer," a device which records the population of this nation at any moment.

Based upon average births, deaths, immigration and emigration, a number is added every 14 seconds to the odometer, for a daily increase of about 6300. It was expected that the population total of 250 million would be confirmed with the results of the April 1 census. But preliminary figures indicate that the country has not yet ...


Voting Districts Can Be A Bone Of Contention, Chester Smolski Aug 1990

Voting Districts Can Be A Bone Of Contention, Chester Smolski

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"Size rather than number of voters is the criterion used in establishing district size. The difference in size between the largest and smallest districts from the ideal district, where all districts have the same population, is a source of contention. In 182 when Providence changed from 13 to 15 wards, there was a deviation of 10.6 percent between wards, deemed acceptable by the courts because, the judge ruled, the US Supreme Court has said 1.9 percent is acceptable. In the recent Johnston case, the total deviation came to 52.7 percent--a figure much too high to accept."


A Note To Candidates: Look At Housing, Chester Smolski Aug 1990

A Note To Candidates: Look At Housing, Chester Smolski

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"The 1980s will be remembered as the time of the federal government's decimation of housing policies and programs that previous administrations had sought so diligently to design and implement. Candidates for federal and state offices need to be aware of current housing problems and possible measures that will improve housing in the state. The following are major concerns and suggested action proposals to help alleviate the housing plight of state residents.


Demographics Will Dictate The Future Of Business, Chester Smolski Jun 1990

Demographics Will Dictate The Future Of Business, Chester Smolski

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"If one could predict the future numbers of a population with some accuracy, that projected data would be most valuable, especially to business."


Now We Are Counted, Chester Smolski Apr 1990

Now We Are Counted, Chester Smolski

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"There is an unusual clock in the Department of Commerce building in Washington. Looking like an auto's mileage odometer, it records the nation's population. Another single number is added to the total every 14 seconds. On March 6, the population odometer reached 250 million, which should be the number reported from this year's tally by the U.S. Census Bureau, the 21st decennial census in our country's history."


Cape Cod's Drive To Curb Overdevelopment, Chester Smolski Mar 1990

Cape Cod's Drive To Curb Overdevelopment, Chester Smolski

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The mid 1980s in Rhode Island will be long remembered as a time of intensive real estate development, explosive house process and manmade growth sprawling over the countryside. These phenomena also generated a reaction in the form of environmental concerns, the NIMBY syndrome, affordable housing issues and the passage of the 1988 Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Regulation Act.


New Development Is In For A Difficult Decade, Chester Smolski Feb 1990

New Development Is In For A Difficult Decade, Chester Smolski

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"There is little question that during 1990s, proposed new development--whether residential, commercial or office--is going to be in for some rough going. Community aversion to development and what is perceived to be the resulting overcrowding, traffic and extra budget for schools, roads, water and sewage lines and other items pose major obstacles that developers are not encountering. It will likely worsen in the years ahead."


Spruce Up The Plan Reports To Gain Some Notice, Chester Smolski Oct 1989

Spruce Up The Plan Reports To Gain Some Notice, Chester Smolski

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"It was just a decade ago that the comprehensive plan for the city of Springfield, Mass. was published, and almost immediately, the national news media picked it up and publicized it throughout the country. What was it about this plan for the future of a middle-sized city that would generate this type of attention? After all, most cities produce similar plans, but these usually go unnoticed and unread, even in the communities for which these plans are made.

The imaginative approach used in the Springfield plan was to publish it in the Time magazine format, even to a title that ...


Providence's Biggest Asset Is Its Growing Waterfront, Chester Smolski Sep 1989

Providence's Biggest Asset Is Its Growing Waterfront, Chester Smolski

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"Twenty years ago, the view of the city of Providence from the Washington Bridge was a dismal one. As one looked to the south and toward the water, the most visible signs were that of a scrapyard and metals firm with mountains of scrapmetal everywhere in sight. This veritable junkyard did nothing to enhance the first impression of Rhode Island's capital city."


If Europe Can Team Up, Bristol County Can, Too, Chester Smolski May 1989

If Europe Can Team Up, Bristol County Can, Too, Chester Smolski

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"To regionalize or not? That may be the question facing Rhode Island's Bristol County.

It is the smallest of the five counties in the state, with its 24.9 square miles equalling only 6 percent of Providence County, the state's largest at 437 square miles. The three small towns of Barrington, Warren and Bristol that comprise this East Bay peninsula are usually given just a fleeting glance by visitors as they head south for Newport.

Right now, the three towns are faced with a decision regarding the recycling of waste, which is to take place by September. The ...


Head Counting That Counts, Chester Smolski Apr 1989

Head Counting That Counts, Chester Smolski

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"Next April, the Census Bureau will take on the principal task for which it was created: To count each member of this nation. No small chore, considering that the number will approach one-quarter billion persons. The 21st decennial undertaking will be watched closely because the numbers will help determine where new markets might be sited, where federal dollars may flow, and a host of other conclusions that may be drawn by ascertaining the numbers and locations of people. But the results will be most closely scrutinized by politicians at all levels of government."


Financing Difficulties Stall Linkage In Providence, Chester Smolski Mar 1989

Financing Difficulties Stall Linkage In Providence, Chester Smolski

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"When the India Point Club luxury condominium development, scheduled to be built on the Providence waterfront, was announced in 1987, there were many local skeptics who said it was too expensive for the Providence market. After all, selling penthouse condos overlooking the dirty Providence River for over $1 million was quite ambitious--and some said impossible."


Unlike Most Top 100 Cities, Providence Losing Population, Chester Smolski Dec 1988

Unlike Most Top 100 Cities, Providence Losing Population, Chester Smolski

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"Given the recent history of population decline in Providence and other large cities throughout New England, one might think that major cities throughout the country are also losing population. Not so."


Wanted: Live-In Teachers, Chester Smolski Dec 1988

Wanted: Live-In Teachers, Chester Smolski

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"Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Cleveland all have it--a residency requirement--and so does Providence. Having to live in the city for which you work has been deemed to be an important measure in helping to bring people back into the city, and that was the reason it was included in the 1980 Home Rule Charter."


Rhode Island Gets A 'C' In 1988 Study, Chester Smolski Nov 1988

Rhode Island Gets A 'C' In 1988 Study, Chester Smolski

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"Ranking cities and states for their livability, jobs, taxes, schools and a host of other measures is becoming almost a national pastime.

Perhaps the most comprehensive ranking of cities is the Rand McNally Places Rated Almanac whose most recent edition ranked the Providence metropolitan area as 26th best of 329 evaluated in the nation. Critics have questioned the methodology used in this ranking, but cities rating highly have been quick to capitalize on it. Walking through the airport terminal in No. 1-ranked Pittsburgh, one is greeted by a large banner that proclaims the city to be the most livable in ...


Eight Communities Meet To Find And Foot Housing, Chester Smolski Oct 1988

Eight Communities Meet To Find And Foot Housing, Chester Smolski

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"When resources are provided to local cities and towns to address housing problems, the results can be both innovative and productive. This was aptly demonstrated at a recent workshop on affordable housing.

The 150 attendees who went to Newport, one of the eight cities and towns that received grants to study the problem, were there to share recommendations on how to best address the Providence metropolitan area's lack of affordable housing."