The PVD Great Streets Initiative is based on one guiding principle: that every street in Providence should be safe, clean, healthy, inclusive, and vibrant. Our streets are our largest public asset, covering over 13% of Providence’s total land area (over 1,500 acres), and play a central part in shaping our neighborhoods and impact that the way we live, work, play, and move around our city. From our city’s early days as one of New England’s bustling industrial hubs to today, these streets have helped people move goods, access services, and form community. Our streets are the threads that knit the fabric of our city together, and they can be so much more for all of us.
To kick off the PVD Great Streets Initiative, we hosted 12 community meetings throughout March 2019. During these meetings, we gathered feedback from community members about what Great Streets means to them and particular areas where traffic calming, safety improvements for people walking and riding bicycles, trail connections, and streetscape improvements are needed. Community members were invited to attend any and all community meetings planned throughout the month of March. In May and June community members commented on an online interactive map of proposed improvements, and in mid-June, the draft Great Streets Plan was presented at a public meeting downtown. The feedback from the online map and from that meeting will be integrated into the final plan scheduled for release in fall 2019.
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September 2019 Update: Several Great Streets improvement projects are under construction or nearing completion this Fall including:
Great Streets Documents
- Schedule of neighborhood meetings in March 2019
- Neighborhood meeting presentation in English and in Spanish
- Draft Great Streets Plan
- Presentation from June 12 public presentation
- More documents will be available here as they become available
Alex Ellis, Principal Planner
Stay tuned for additional information!
Whenever possible, the City brings the planning process to existing community gathering places. This includes attending standing community meetings, tabling at special events, and canvassing out in the neighborhood. If you are interested in having City staff or our Street Ambassadors conduct outreach at your event, please contact Alex Ellis at 401-680-8522 or