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This five-part series explores the University’s multifaceted relationship with the city it calls home.

This structure in the Jewelry District will soon house a new Medical Education Building. Brown wants to acquire more property downtown to complement it, but disagreements with the city have complicated the effort.

Metro, University News

For city and U., a political standoff

October 21, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Brown and the administration of Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 have clashed in the State House this year, with both pushing legislation the other opposes.

Surveying the demolished remains of the buildings that Brown knocked down to make room for Keeney Quadrangle. The effort to stop that demolition gave birth to the Providence Preservation Society.

University News

When building Brown meant burning bridges

October 23, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Today, the University sprawls over most of College Hill. But since it cleared 51 houses to build Wriston Quad, growth has brought controversy when Brown’s boundaries have blurred.

Providence students receive a hands-on lesson in plant anatomy from a Brown Science Prep mentor.

University News

Students helping students, and cash is a new twist

October 26, 2009 Comments are Disabled

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: What do an elite Ivy League university and the third-poorest public school district in the nation have in common?

University News

Living next door, but a world apart

October 29, 2009 Comments are Disabled

It can be easy to forget while hurrying from class to class that not everyone on College Hill is a student. But Providence is not just a college town, and the streets surrounding Brown are filled with people who have long ago ceased to lead the student life.

Brown plans for expansion into the Jewelry District include the evolution of a retail corridor similar to Thayer Street.

University News

Downtown, big ideas are soon to be tested

November 2, 2009 Comments are Disabled

In fewer than two years, Brown’s new Medical Education Building will welcome its first class of students. But looking at the building now, it is hard to tell.