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Downtown living in the Providence Journal

The Providence Journal had an article this weekend about living downtown: Downtown Providence now a place to work, play and live

City dwellers taste nine of ENO’s rosés on the rooftop of the Peerless building, while margaritas refresh couples dancing the salsa at the Providence Marriott.

That same Thursday, moviegoers watch the “The Professional” inside Aurora on Westminster Street while Rhode Island Vegan Awareness shows “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” at Providence Place Cinemas.

Circus performers entertain at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum; an Ellie’s Bakery cart roams the streets with banana peanut butter ice-cream sandwiches; and an electro indie pop band, Homeboy, plays at Burnside Park.

All of this — plus the final gallery night of the Providence Polaroid Project, a pop-up business in vacant office space on Westminster — happens as diners eat at more than 80 restaurants, cafés and pubs in the capital city.

And all the attractions are so close that people who live downtown can walk to nearly everywhere.
The neighborhood, not including the Jewelry District, almost doubled in population between 2000 and 2010 — from 2,678 people to 4,569. At least six buildings have been renovated into mixed-use developments and apartments since 2010, and they are practically full.

The article also includes a short video featuring Cornish’s own Steve Durkee:

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