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Articles by Katy Pickens (16)

Infestations, poor management, and deteriorating living conditions impact Wickenden Street residents.

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Residents detail systemic issues at Fox Point Manor

September 14, 2021 2 comments

Fox Point Manor, a public housing apartment complex located at 575 Wickenden St., is known to some residents as “Purgatory Palace” and “Fox Point Penitentiary.” One resident described living there in no uncertain terms: “Never in my life have I lived anywhere as bad as this.”

Ceremony maintained its calm ambiance and minimalist aesthetic in its new, larger location.

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Ceremony Tea opens new location, expands options

September 13, 2021 0 comments

The soft launch of Ceremony Tea’s new location at 21 Euclid Ave.  saw a steady stream of customers eager to return to the shop Friday, preceeded by a month-long hiatus following its move off Thayer Street.

Despite increased demand as COVID-19 restrictions lift, Thayer stores face staffing shortages due to lack of applicants.

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On Thayer, restaurants fill vacancies despite hiring challenges

September 8, 2021 0 comments

Despite increased demand for dining and shopping as students return to campus and COVID-19 restrictions ease, many storefronts on Thayer Street are struggling to hire enough employees to fill their shifts.

The University withdrew its objections to the expansion of the historic district on College Hill, which will include one University property containing three buildings.

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College Hill historic district expansion passes despite prior University objections

July 14, 2021 2 comments

A long-debated expansion to the historic district on College Hill, which includes three buildings owned by the University, was passed unanimously by the Providence City Council June 3. 

Abu Yarub Al-Shami is located at 225 Thayer, which was previously occupied by Pie in the Sky.

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Family-run restaurant Abu Yarub Al-Shami will bring Syrian flavors to College Hill

July 8, 2021 0 comments

When Amir Tatari moved to the United States from Syria in the late 1980s, his first job was working at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Thayer Street. Now, over 30 years later, he is set to open the restaurant Abu Yarub Al-Shami on the very same street.

Patrons line up outside The Shop on Wickenden on Memorial Day. The cafe owners are planning to resume indoor dining once more Rhode Islanders are vaccinated.

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East Side restaurants ease back into full in-person dining

May 31, 2021 0 comments

After over a year of restrictions on restaurants, owners on the East Side have been hungry to return to full indoor dining experiences. Now that Rhode Island has officially reopened as of May 21, they are doing just that.

DishUp RI helped launch 13 new products from local Rhode Island eateries, including Kabob and Curry and La Arepa. 33 entrepreneurs total are in the program, and Dave’s Fresh Marketplace purchased $50,000 worth of products.

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DishUp RI launches 13 products from local restaurant entrepreneurs

May 23, 2021 0 comments

On May 21, some restaurateurs ventured into retail by releasing locally made products — like a spice mix with flavors from Kabob and Curry or Elena’s Sweet Corn Cakes from La Arepa — for sale on the shelves of Dave’s Fresh Marketplace.

Thayer sees turnover as pandemic restrictions ease

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Thayer sees turnover as pandemic restrictions ease

May 13, 2021 0 comments

College Hill looks different than it did a year ago. While several small businesses and chains have been forced to close due to a drop in profits during the COVID-19 pandemic, new storefronts, including restaurants such as Tribos Peri Peri and Ayame Hibachi and Sushi, look to fill these vacancies. 

Ward 1 residents criticize revised Brook Street dorm plans

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Ward 1 residents criticize revised Brook Street dorm plans

April 8, 2021 7 comments

Ward 1 residents expressed their concerns in reaction to the University’s revised plan for the two-building residence hall on Brook Street at a virtual community meeting April 8.

The revised two residential buildings will face one another on both sides of Brook Street between Charlesfield and Power Streets, on the southern side of campus.

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University revises plans for Brook Street dorms

April 5, 2021 0 comments

The University has revised its plan for the two-building residential hall on Brook Street in an effort to incorporate input from Providence residents and to reduce the impact of the dormitory on the surrounding community, according to an April 5 announcement.