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Downtown Design Review Committee Review: Plugging Holes Near RISD

Did you know all downtown construction must receive approval from an unelected body of architects, developers and preservationists? They are known as the Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) and the Downtown Design Review Committee Review (DDRCR) reports the latest and greatest from their monthly menagerie.  Yeah, I know the title’s crass, but that’s how I’m […]

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Doc Digresses: An Interview with Mark Van Noppen, Co-Founder of the Armory Revival Company

If “white flight” is a novel phrase to you, I suggest you read someone who has more than a  paragraph to explain its myriad causes and effects.  Suffice it to say that most of Providence’s professional class lived outside of city limits by 1981, the year Mark Van Noppen shuffled down College Hill with a […]

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Lost (and Found) Providence: Four Houses That Tell the Story of Urban Development

David Brussat, the former architecture critic for The Providence Journal, published a book called Lost Providence two days before I filed this draft. There’s nothing original about Brussat’s title – it’s actually an established book form. My parents identified a morbid architectural nostalgia streak in me at a young age and gave me Lost New […]

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Downtown Design Review Committee Review: Summer Memories

It’s been a tame summer for the Downtown Design Review Committee. With so little to report on, your correspondent has resorted to spending weekends out of state on a work-vacation R&R/R&D hybrid, smoking medicinal herbs and studying other zoning schemes for much-needed perspective. Ironically, the hard thinking I’ve done on the road has left me […]

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Downtown Design Review Committee Review: The Cambridge Innovation Center

  The Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) meets monthly to approve all renovation and construction in Providence’s D-1 zoning district.  The Downtown Design Review Committee Review (DDRCR) relays the meeting’s highlights and introduces the public to the movers and shakers of Providence real estate development.  “The CIC’s mission is to change the world through innovation […]

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Downtown Design Review Committee Review

The Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) meets monthly to approve all renovation and construction in Providence’s D-1 zoning district. The Downtown Design Review Committee Review (DDRCR) relays the meeting’s highlights and introduces the public to the movers and shakers of Providence real estate development. The March 13 meeting of the DDRC was the first since […]

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