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Mon, Apr 29



IMCL Newport: Downtown Providence Urban Regeneration Tour

Join us to explore downtown Providence, and see changes in the urban environment that have made it a more livable and equitable city. For registered attendees at the 60th IMCL conference, plus up to one guest.

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Time & Location

Apr 29, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

Providence, 100 Gaspee St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

About The Event

Join civic leaders, developers and architects to explore the urban renaissance that has come to downtown Providence. Buff Chace of Cornish Associates, Brent Runyon of Runyon Heritage Associates, Don Powers of Union Studio Architects, and others will lead this walking tour of downtown sites, including a lunch stop at a local eatery (purchase your own preferred meal). 

This tour will illuminate changes in the urban environment in the last fifty years that have made downtown Providence a more livable city. You'll learn about how moving railroads, rivers and highways contributed to Providence’s renaissance. Learn from planners and designers how a 1990 master plan helped change a sluggish downtown into a vibrant, livable neighborhood.

Tour stops will include: Providence Station, Waterplace Park, Kennedy Plaza, the Providence Arcade (America’s oldest extant indoor shopping mall), the Industrial Trust Building, and Westminster Street. 

The tour will begin and end at the clock tower of Providence Station, the downtown stop for Amtrak and MBTA (22 minutes from Kingston Station, across from Newport). You can take an Uber or bus from Newport to Kingston Station, and/or take a bus directly from Newport to Providence. 

(Please note: tour tickets are non-refundable beginning 30 days prior to the tour.)

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