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An empty lot stirs hope and anger in Olneyville

Providence's "Second Downtown"
Imagine for a moment that you’re traveling west on Westminster Street in Providence, under the Route 6 overpass, and into Olneyville Square.
By: LIZ LEE  |  February 05, 2014


Save these buildings!

The Providence Preservation Society fights for the soul of the city
This story is about mold. It’s about rotting floorboards and leaking roofs, vacant skyscrapers, vandalized homes, and churches where sinks and toilets are strewn across dusty basement floors.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 31, 2014


Belches, snarling guitars, and other sounds from Newport's underground

Amplifiers, Etc.
To many, Newport, Rhode Island is known only for its obscenities of wealth, from the Gilded Age mansions to the tony shops along Thames Street to the private boats lulling in the harbor. But amidst the toys of the one percent, a culture of poverty and restlessness has long simmered.
By: BENJAMIN GOULET  |  January 29, 2014


Student Survival Guide: 'I'm different now'

When "life-changing" isn't an exaggeration
In the summer of 2007, I purchased a used copy of William Zinsser’s On Writing Well at the Brown University Bookstore.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 22, 2014


Student Survival Guide: Take the plunge

Rhode Island's real dive bars are alive and well
Proper folks once referred to dive bars as sinister places where low life boozers escaped to get even lower. To “dive,” if you will. That’s no longer true — if it ever was. There’s a difference between a dive and a dump.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  January 22, 2014


Student Survival Guide: A place of your own

A landlady tells you how to live (off-campus)
You’ll always remember your first apartment . . . .
By: VIKKI WARNER  |  January 22, 2014


Student Survival Guide: Have some fun!

Live music and laffs aplenty
Sure, the Hoth-like conditions outside can provide an easy fallback excuse to stay cooped up next to the space heater until finals, but we’re here to help balance the Work Hard/Party Harder ethos that is the college life with a stacked lineup of live music and laffs at reasonable prices.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 22, 2014


Boycott breakers: 2014 election edition

The Political Scene
Regardless of how you feel about the recent return of Rhody “shock jock” John DePetro to the 9-to-noon slot on News Talk WPRO 630, you have to marvel at the situation it’s created.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 22, 2014


Adieu, Acme Video

Farewell Dept.
Apart from restocking the shelves and ringing up customers, the main responsibility of an Acme employee was to give people recommendations. Folks came to browse; we helped.
By: ZACH GREEN  |  January 22, 2014


At RISD, a glimpse at kids behind bars

Incarceration Nation
Richard Ross spends a lot of time trying to get into prison.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 22, 2014


All eyes on the State House

Lawmakers, lobbyists, and activists offer insights into the new legislative session
Marijuana, Gordon Fox, 'Star Trek,' and Bill
By: PHOENIX GUESTS  |  January 20, 2014


The banks are broken. Let's fix them — ourselves

Money Matters
In the second sentence of his new book, Checking the Banks: The Nuts and Bolts of Banking for People Who Want to Fix It , Tom Sgouros calls financial activists “almost by definition, dilettantes.”
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 16, 2014


The RIEDC gets a makeover

The Economic Development Corporation is now the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (aka Commerce RI). But do the changes offer hope for the state's future?
Or are they just new attempts to exorcise the ghosts of the EDC board’s infamous $75 million vote on July 26, 2010?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 09, 2014


Angel Taveras: Puritanical progressive?

The Political Scene
Orange has become the new scarlet.
By: STEPHEN BEALE  |  January 08, 2014


Why I don't smoke pot

And why I think you should be able to
Here’s why I quit smoking: I couldn’t think clearly — and no amount of exercise, coffee, or meditation cleared the fuzz.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 08, 2014


Bring on the alt-holidays

Keep the celebration going all year long!
It’s tough to get excited about the traditional holidays these days.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 31, 2013


The Journal publishes climate deniers (and other opinion-page blunders)

As The ProJo Turns
In recent months, the opinion pages have made a conspicuous habit of publishing op-eds that a) blatantly oppose plugged-in, non-newspaper forms of communication, and b) don’t acknowledge the Journal ’s obvious financial interest in publishing such articles.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 31, 2013


2013: The year that was

Twelve local media mavens pick the most notable quotes, facts, stats, and moments from another tumultuous year annum in Vo Dilun
Through the past, lightly
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 29, 2013


An open letter to Rhody's Olympic swimmer, Elizabeth Beisel

Dear Elizabeth, We’ve never met, so at the risk of immediately weirding you out, I’ll get right to the point.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 26, 2013


Cold case, good cause

Roy Weber's 2003 murder remains unsolved. But his death inspired Project Weber, a harm reduction program for male sex workers in Rhode Island
Shortly after 10 am on Christmas Day, 2003, a Johnson & Wales campus safety officer patrolling a desolate stretch of road near Allens Avenue in Providence discovered the body of 22-year-old Roy Weber.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  December 18, 2013


A hotel opens with karaoke, concrete elephants, and one hell of a backstory

It’s tough to know where to begin a discussion of The Dean, the new 52-room boutique hotel opening in January in downtown Providence.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 19, 2013

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