A former Providence mayor and a current City Council member are concerned about the type of people in and about Kennedy Plaza. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

A former Providence mayor and a current City Council member are concerned about the type of people in and about Kennedy Plaza. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — The solution to this complex societal issue doesn’t lie with increasing police presence, outlawing panhandling and keeping the less fortunate out of Kennedy Plaza. In fact, laws and policies designed to criminalize and demean poverty and homelessness only perpetuate the real problem: a growing chasm between the rich and poor that is slowly ripping society apart.

Teacher Rob McKinley helps A-Venture Academy students clean up trash along the Seekonk River. (Todd Corayer/ecoRI News)

Teacher Rob McKinley helps A-Venture Academy students clean up trash along the Seekonk River. (Todd Corayer/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — With guidance from Dave Henault and Bonnie Combs, seven freshmen and sophomores from the city's A-Venture Academy recently created an impromptu parking-lot classroom on the rocky shores of the Gano Street boat launch.


Burrillville Town Council: No New Power Plant

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — After seven months of silence and gritting their teeth, the Town Council finally said what it wanted all along: “No new power plant.” By unanimous vote, council members stated what they had been hearing from residents for more than a year: the Clear River Energy Center presents untold health and environmental harm to their community.


New Farmland Acquisition Program Divides R.I. Farmers

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A program to buy local farmland is drawing both fear and hope among Rhode Island’s farm community, and has grabbed the attention of conservative activists, who call it a "government land grab."

This 120,000-square-foot Walmart in Woonsocket has been sitting vacant for nearly five years. It relocated to a bigger space 5 miles away in North Smithfield. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

This 120,000-square-foot Walmart in Woonsocket has been sitting vacant for nearly five years. It relocated to a bigger space 5 miles away in North Smithfield. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Two bird species that nest in grassland habitat have been observed breeding in good numbers at many of the airports around the state, but nowhere else. (R.I. Breeding Bird Atlas)

Two bird species that nest in grassland habitat have been observed breeding in good numbers at many of the airports around the state, but nowhere else. (R.I. Breeding Bird Atlas)

The $400 million rebuild of the outdated infrastructure will commit Providence to 75 to 100 years of neighborhood division and a transportation network that supports only travel by car. (RIDOT)

The $400 million rebuild of the outdated infrastructure will commit Providence to 75 to 100 years of neighborhood division and a transportation network that supports only travel by car. (RIDOT)


Raimondo: Land Protection, Power Plant Can Coexist

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina Raimondo is sticking by her support of the vetting process for the proposed Burrillville power plant and gave her take on why open space is cleared for some of the state’s biggest developments, such as the Citizens Bank office park and the natural-gas power plant.


Graffiti Removal, Trash Pickup Left to Beachgoers

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Mike Pellini doesn’t get down to the seaside home his grandfather built in 1940 as much as he would like. When he does, however, he’s increasingly spending his time removing graffiti from coastal rocks and cleaning up after others.