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Waterfire downtown Providence, Rhode Island at Water Place Park

Waterfire downtown Providence, Rhode Island at Water Place Park | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Photo by Mark Corbett. Here is a photo I took in the Summer in Providence, Rhode Island at the Water Place Park during one of the Waterfire events held in Providence RI.
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What is considered part of downtown Providence, RI today.  Alot different from the picture that I have scooped from 1945 Westminster Street picture.  The similarities, all the activiity, just look at the number of people at Waterplace Park.  Compare it to this picture http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ri-talks/architecture-here-there/brisprovwest.JPG of Westminster Street today.  You still see the shopper and some fo the cars, however to be the "downtown" has shifted a bit and expanded.  To me to be downtown is to be where things are happening, where people go, not just work and shop.  Waterfire is a great cultural activity that brings life to downtown, artist show their work, street performers, and just people mixing, talking, etc.  That is what downtown is to me.  It changes over time and what is downtown in Providence, RI is going to be different that what one might consider downtown in Rome, Italy, New York, NY or even Cranston, RI.

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Providence, RI Downtown Providence in 1945

Providence, RI Downtown Providence in 1945 | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Main Streets of America. Westminster Street at Mathewson, looking north to Dorrance Street. This is the center of the shopping district. From the National Archives 111-SC box 692 329494.
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Downtown Providence in 1945.  Look at all the activity, people shopping and walking, streetcar rails still in the street, cars parked along the side, retail shops, eating establishments, just a hub of activity.  I still think this is what it means to be downtown, an area of large activity, a place where stuff is done.  What stuff is done, is what changes over time.

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Louis Culotta's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:45 AM

This is a very cool story on how things were in Providence back at the end of WW2 and how much downtown has changed and the new parts of the city look today... good stuff