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Acme Video

Update: Acme Video is no longer in business. I am a sucker for businesses that operate in old buildings; cafes in gussied-up train depots or bicycle shops in former garages. I was dismayed when the New Britain Museum of American Art … Continue reading

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Behind Door Number One

Ever walk past a house and wonder what lies behind the front door?  Or yearn to take a peek over the backyard fence? For me, access to such private spaces is one of the pleasures of being a real estate agent, … Continue reading

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Market Research

Last week two of my office mates and I met at the Rochambeau Library on a chilly Wednesday morning. We were a rag-tag trio: Michelle, svelte in her cycling gear, chatting about the merits of “clipping in;” Nelson, bent over a pump, … Continue reading

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In Case of Emergency, Pull Lever

I thought the distinctive fire alarms on street corners throughout the East Side were relics of a bygone era. Ever since I moved to Providence, I’ve watched them get increasingly rusty—sad reminders of pinched municipal budgets and archaic technology. Recently, … Continue reading

Old Stone Bank, South Main Street Providence

The Old Stone Bank

I would love to see the inside of the Old Stone Bank at 86 South Main Street. I first caught a glimpse of it while admiring the view from the Governor Stephen Hopkins House museum on Planet Street. A museum … Continue reading

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RISD Student Show

One of the best things about living in a college town is the abundance of free or nearly-free cultural offerings. I’ve enjoyed a lecture by the author John Barry (Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul) at the … Continue reading

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Power of Place Summit

Spending nine hours with a bunch of town planners, architects, engineers, and real estate developers may not appeal to you, but I loved every minute of it! The occasion was the biannual GrowSmartRI summit at the Rhode Island Convention Center … Continue reading

Footpath at Pleasant Valley Parkway, Elmhurst

Dreaming in Green: Elmhurst

As I prepare to resume “my fabulous career in real estate,” I’ve been exploring every corner of Providence. Sometimes it is by intention, other times by happenstance. Those serendipitous discoveries are my favorite. As so often happens, I was on … Continue reading

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The Good, the Not-So-Good, & the Truly Awful

In my travels around Providence, I see a lot of wonderful architecture, well-designed public spaces, and meticulously maintained buildings. These are what I call The Good and they include the often-photographed homes along Benefit Street; an airy modern home on College Hill; … Continue reading

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A Trip to Woonsocket

The Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission held its annual conference in Woonsocket this year. Being a new resident of the state, it seemed like a good opportunity to learn more about this beleaguered mill town on the Blackstone … Continue reading