Here’s an update on some important issues affecting the neighborhood and city.
There has been much discussion about the future of the PawSox over the past weeks. The team’s new owners have been lobbying elected officials for significant public subsidies, changes in zoning, and modification of long-term planning objectives in order to take the team out of Pawtucket. This would involve building a new stadium on I-195 land adjacent to the Providence River.
I-195 land should not be used for the proposed stadium. The area represents a unique opportunity to create a wide range of jobs, expand economic opportunity for residents, and build a more sustainable city. The city and state working together have a once-in-a-generation possibility to make this happen. The opportunity cost of a stadium on I-195 land is too large and the benefits to residents too small. We can do better.
Here is one group organizing to oppose the project:
The decision will be made by those in the highest positions in state and city government, so if the issue is important to you, you can find their information here and voice your opinion: https://sos.ri.gov/vic/
If you want to learn more or voice your opinion about the stadium proposal, there are two opportunities next week
Monday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hope High School Cafeteria, hosted by City and State Elected Officials. The formal discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Street Church, 51 Sheldon Street, hosted by the Fox Point Neighborhood Association. Program begins at7:00 p.m.
AT THE COUNCIL
I was happy to co-sponsor a resolution creating a Special Committee on Municipal Oversight and Operations.
The Council received the annual report from the Providence Environmental Sustainability Task Force detailing efforts to set long-term goals in the areas of energy, food, water, waste, land use/development, and transportation.
There was unanimous support on the Council for proposed state laws that prohibit those convicted of domestic violence from possessing firearms, and also of prohibiting guns from school grounds.
Additionally, the Council called for additional funding to be provided to the Providence Community Library, and is considering a proposal to provide tax incentives for installation of renewable energy systems.
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
I recently joined with other local elected officials calling for the burial of the power lines at India Point Park.
A special thanks to the neighbors who helped out with Fenner Square improvements, and to those who participated in the Department of Planning and Development sessions to improve Cathedral Square.
It was also great to see many parents, neighbors, and children at the annual cleanup at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School.