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RISD takes to the streets to show 'What We Do'

Bursting the bubble
"What We Do," an unprecedented, student-run event on April 11 at the Rhode Island School of Design, aims to capture, in a frenzied six hours at six locations, the spirit of Providence's most creative and offbeat college.
By: MARION DAVIS  |  April 08, 2009

Cutbacks loom as need for homeless assistance grows

Social crisis
They're not clustering on the streets, so you may not see them. But right now, Jim Ryczek, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, says Rhode Island has more homeless people than ever.
By: MARION DAVIS  |  April 08, 2009


Pink Rides Providence, peddling a plan for a bike-sharing program

Alternate routes
Pink Rides Providence , a bike-sharing program born out of two RISD juniors' desire to share the joys of cycling with their fellow students, is scaling up.
By: MARION DAVIS  |  March 25, 2009

Striving to build a 'sustainable' arts sector

Dire numbers from the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts
While some sectors, such as broadband technology and "green" energy, expect a big boost from the federal stimulus package, the arts got just $50 million — 1/100th as much as weatherization programs.
By: MARION DAVIS  |  March 18, 2009

'Creative Providence' strives to rebrand the capital city

Public image
Perhaps you've seen the banners, with the big, stylized "P" and the tagline, "Providence: The Creative Capital."
By: MARION DAVIS  |  March 04, 2009

It's getting easier to go green

In Rhode Island and across the US, economic troubles seem to be getting worse by the day. But green energy and conservation, several local advocates and entrepreneurs say, has a chance to flourish in the coming years.
By: MARION DAVIS  |  February 25, 2009


Fest raises awareness, celebrates women

Come together
Maria Mendes found her voice last spring, at a gathering to prepare for a trip to New Orleans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues . Standing before a group of women, she finally got the courage to talk about being abused, surviving, and fighting to protect other women.
By: MARION DAVIS  |  February 18, 2009


Can the geeks save Rhode Island?

The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
By: MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009

A fusillade of tweets ring in the new year in RI

New Media
The feed is like a collective stream of consciousness, served up in tidbits of 140 characters or less (this sentence, for perspective, is 100).
By: MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009

Housing First proves successful, especially with chronic cases

Take homeless people whose lives are a mess — even addicts, alcoholics, and schizophrenics who won't take their meds — and give them their own apartments, without requiring that they clean up first, get a job, or "behave."
By: MARION DAVIS  |  December 17, 2008


A self-help guide for the uninsured

Where to turn if you need health-care and don't have coverage
For the vast majority of Rhode Islanders — the insured — health-care is something you get when you need it. Feeling sick? Call the doctor. Slip and fall? Go to the emergency room or an urgent-care center. Need surgery? It's not fun, but it's covered.
By: MARION DAVIS  |  November 19, 2008


Fung and Fogarty vie to succeed Napolitano in Cranston

Outside Providence
Without Laffey, it’s just not as fun.  
By: MARION DAVIS  |  October 22, 2008
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