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Back to Portfolio Downtown Providence Master Plan

City of Providence - Department of Planning & Develpoment

Location Providence, Rhode Island

As part of Providence's 2020 Plan, Design Collective facilitated a charrette to prepare a master plan for downtown , including Capital Center, Downcity, Jewelry District, and Old Harbor. The 1-week charrette included input from developers, property owners, local businesses, residents, public and elected officials (the Mayor), non profits and neighborhood groups, and numerous other stakeholders.

The week was organized so that a single day focused on each of the 4 districts, 1 day on building heights/FAR/density, and 1 day to wrap-up and present. Among numerous recommendations were strategies for adaptive use, infill development, a downtown-wide shared parking strategy, and provisions for a future streetcar. Most significantly was the overwhelming support to demolish and relocate the I-195 bridge, and reconnect Old Harbor to the rest of downtown.

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