Fostering Economic Development in Providence’s Downtown Neighborhood
DPPC leads advocacy efforts for the completion of additional downtown transportation hubs.
By de-centralizing the hub and spoke* model traditionally used by RIPTA, we can expect less vehicular traffic, a pedestrian-friendly network of public spaces, and allow for more mixed uses of Greater Kennedy Plaza.
Photo credit: Peter Green
“In the summer of 2008, after participating in a PPS Placemaking workshop and bringing together multiple partners and community stakeholders, the Greater Kennedy Plaza Association (GKPA) in Providence, RI, generated $85,000 for its first year of programming . . . Today, many of RIPTA’s 71,ooo daily users can pass through and appreciate this newly energized public space.” Project For Public Spaces
We also lead beautification and refurbishment efforts of parks and monuments. Working with private and public partners, our projects enhance the attractiveness of the area.
By improving the accessibility and feel of downtown public spaces, the DPPC sets the stage for engaging activities and public programming.
With a focus on education, arts and culture, the DPPC produces quality public programming for all to enjoy, transforming the space and drawing our diverse communities together downtown to celebrate and engage with each other and our city.
Bandaloop performs above Kennedy Plaza, 2012
Summer Solstice at Kennedy Plaza
- Funded capital improvement projects – $400,000 in updates to walkways, a terrace, lighting, and electricity upgrades in Burnside Park.
- Organized community placemaking workshops to redesign Greater Kennedy Plaza. Contributed to planning that led to a $2 million investment by the City of Providence and RIPTA.
- Led park beautification efforts including new benches, trees, grass, flowers, and parked car removal in Biltmore Park.
- Led a successful advocacy effort for a $35 million bond to build an intermodal transit center. Advocated for increased security presence and city investment in park maintenance.