Providence Business News: Living downtown a draw for next-gen talent, jobs

Providence Foundation executive director Dan Baudouin writes an Op-Ed for Providence Business News about the value of mixed-use residential development in Downtown Providence:

Some have questioned the value of residential and mixed-use developments in downtown and other parts of Providence. Their question: “Don’t we need jobs, not housing?” The answer: Residential and mixed-use projects will produce jobs, as well as other long-term benefits to our city and our state.

Projects such as those planned at The Foundry, the Kinsley Building, and even the Industrial Trust Building at 111 Westminster (aka the Superman Building), are needed to support a strong and comprehensive economic-development strategy.

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Cornish’s Steve Durkee and PPS’ Lucie Searle: Now is the time to capitalize on Providence’s assets

Over the last 40 years, we have been bold in the city of Providence. We’ve moved train tracks, rivers and highways, added parks, rejuvenated historic properties and promoted new construction. This significant investment has literally shifted the city’s built environment and created a refreshed energy and engagement in our future. And through all this, the historic fabric of our downtown core has remained intact.

It is an exciting and critical time for us. These investments, coupled with national trends leaning in our favor, have positioned Providence for great opportunity and growth. Now is the time to capitalize on this work and make the critical decisions to propel our city toward positive growth and prosperity for the next 40 years and beyond. And now is the time for very strong, committed and focused leadership to make this happen.

Read the full article at The Providence Journal.

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