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" . . . an insightful book that tells the story of how one city has rediscovered its assets in an exciting tale of central city revitalization." ―Journal of the American Planning Associating
About the Author
Francis J. Leazes Jr. is Professor and Department Chair of Political Science and Public Administration at Rhode Island College, and the author of Accountability and the Business State: The Structure of Federal Corporations. Mark T. Motte is Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography at Rhode Island College. J. Joseph Garrahy and Bruce Sundlun are former governors of the State of Rhode Island. Barnaby Evans is a visual artist and creator of WaterFire.
It is a truly extraordinary transformation. Thirty years ago if you were brave enough to walk around downtown Providence, Rhode Island after dark it was quite concievable that you would not encounter another human being. It was really a dreary place. And if you did happen to run into someone there was a pretty fair chance that the person was up to no good and your own personal safety may have been in jeopardy. It was not a pretty picture. So just what happened in those intervening three decades to transform Providence into one of the hottest and most admired cities in the nation? "Providence: The Renaissance City" attempts to tell that story.
Author Francis J. Leazes Jr. is a professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Rhode Island College. His co-author Mark Motte is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography at the same school. The authors have attempted to piece together the remarkable story that is the Providence renaissance. It is a complicated story revolving around a number of key players from varied backgrounds. The truth is that the transformation of Providence could never have taken place without the commitment of powerful political leaders at all levels of government, determined civil servants, a tireless and engaged elite who truly loved their city and entrepreneurs who became convinced that investing in Providence at that moment was the wise thing to do. The story of Providence is also about vision and being willing to make adjustments and seize opportunities as they became available. You will come to understand why certain projects like the Providence Place Mall, Waterplace Park and the relocation of the railroad tracks came to fruition while other projects seemed to stall or fail altogether.Read more ›
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Providence has rebuilt its infrastructure during the 22 years we've lived here, and sometimes it's hard to tell who's responsible for what. Our corrupt former mayor - Buddy Cianci - often tried to claim credit for all the improvements, but Leazes and his co-author, Mark Motte, are right in recognizing the array of players that made it happen. They describe the visionary thinkers, complex forces, and opportune moments that have produced a real renaissance. The authors have done their homework and tell an important story well.
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