Laura Mullen

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The brain drain

Rhode Island is lucky to have Kipp Bradford.
Rhode island needs a more robust economy to retain the young and the educated
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 15, 2007

Is Struever Brothers targeting Olneyville’s Artcraft Braid complex?

Advocates in Providence’s arts underground remain concerned about what they see as a looming threat to the Artcraft Braid Co. complex in Olneyville, home to a mix of artists, musicians, and manufacturing jobs.
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 14, 2007

Olneyville Holiday Art Sale renews ill feeling for development critics

Feelings about increasing development on Providence’s West Side remain quite raw in some quarters, as evidenced by the dissonance over the “Olneyville Holiday Art Sale” planned this Saturday, December 9, at Rising Sun Mills.
City watch
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 06, 2006

Helping artists avoid displacement

It’s no secret that increasing development, rising housing costs, heightened official scrutiny in the post-Station era, and other factors have combined to put a serious squeeze on Providence artists and the old mill buildings they favor in recent years.
City watch  
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 04, 2006

The more things change, the more they stay the same

In December 2000, the threat to replace Fort Thunder and other old mills in Eagle Square with a bland strip mall attracted a broad and spirited opposition movement.
The artist-development clash, as seen through the Phoenix archives
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 14, 2006

Tensions remain hot on west side development

Critics have suspected for several years that a string of development on Providence’s West Side was nothing less than the cutting edge of gentrification.
City watch
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 10, 2006


Cops vs. clubs

When the Congress for the New Urbanism stages a national conference in downtown Providence in June, the offerings ought to include a discussion session titled, “The Renaissance City: A Case Study in How to Not Handle Nightlife.”
Rather than doing a better job of managing nightlife, Providence tries to squelch it
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 29, 2006