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Attention! Community Forum!

This is the most up-to-date information I have on the upcoming public forum(s) the City of Providence will be having on the 6/10 Connector boulevard conversion. We have every intention to make the process open, so please have a gander. 

No dates have been set for this yet, but we expect early March. A number of specific Olneyville locations are being considered, but I'm keeping that information to us for now.

Please note that we are also looking for sponsor organizations to help defer the cost of this event. If you would like to donate, please contact transportprovidence at gmail dot com.

If you have questions for the city, contact Allen Penniman apenniman at providenceri dot com at Providence Planning Department.

Forum Organization
*Community benefits, equity and advocacy. We will explore best practices for addressing concerns about equity, facilitating grass-roots efforts, and engaging a representative audience of stakeholders. Speakers will also discuss quality of life and public health impacts such as air quality, walkability, and access to alternative transportation options.
*Traffic management and alternative transportation options. We will explore recent research on the traffic impacts of real-life urban highway transformations and opportunities to improve alternative transportation options for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users, by discussing these projects with the traffic engineers and transportation planners who facilitated them.
*Economic development and place-making potential. We will explore the opportunity to invest in 6/10 in a way that maximizes the economic development and place-making potential of the land surrounding the project.

City of Providence Goals
*Community members and public officials engage in a meaningful dialogue about the project and are informed and inspired by the panel of experts.
* RIDOT works with the City of Providence and community partners to consider alternatives for the future of the 6/10, including a boulevard option
*The City of Providence considers becoming a Campaign City under CNU’s Highways to Boulevards program
*Press coverage that considers neighborhood and civic issues related to the project


Draft Agenda

DAY ONE (Dates not set yet)
6:00PM – 6:15 ( :15) Gathering and networking
6:15 – 6:20 ( :05) Welcome and introduction of Mayor Elorza by Bonnie Nickerson
6:20 – 6:25 ( :05) Opening remarks from Mayor Elorza
6:25 – 6:35 ( :10) Project history, overview, and panel introduction by Bonnie Nickerson
6:35 – 6:45 ( :10) Panelist presentation 1
6:45 – 6:55 ( :10) Panelist presentation 2
6:55 – 7:05 ( :10) Panelist presentation 3
7:05 – 7:15 ( :10) RIDOT presentation
7:15 – 7:35 ( :20) Moderated panel discussion
7:35 – 7:55 ( :20) Moderated audience Q&A – including questions submitted via Twitter
7:55 – 8:00 ( :05) Closing Remarks by Bonnie Nickerson
8:30PM – 10:00 ( 1:30) Networking reception with panelists


DAY TWO (Dates not set yet)
8:00AM – 9:30AM ( 1:30) Next steps strategy meeting with panelists (invitation only)

Potential Speakers

Veronica Vanterpool 
Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Bronx River Alliance 
Sheridan Expressway, Bronx, New York
Route 34/Downton Crossing, New Haven

Joe Cotrufo 
Tri-State Transportation Campaign 

Jeff Tumlin 
Nelson\Nygaard 
Central Freeway, San Francisco

Peter Park 
Harvard GSD 
Park East Freeway, Milwaukee

John Norquist 
Congress for New Urbanism 
Park East Freeway, Milwaukee

Steven Nutter 
Livable Streets 
McGrath Highway, Somerville

Chuck Marohn 
Strong Towns 

Norm Marshall 
Smart Mobility 

Dan Burden 
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute 

Potential Dates & Venues
We are targeting Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings between March 9 and March 31. We would like to hold the forum in the West End, Valley, or Olneyville neighborhoods 

Donor Structure
Donation of $2,000 to $4,999 
*Acknowledgement in all press releases
*Primary logo placement on promotional materials and event program
*Verbal acknowledgement in event introduction
*Invitation to Day 2 Breakfast Discussion

Donation of $500 to $1,999
*Secondary logo placement on promotional materials and event program
*Verbal acknowledgement in event introduction

Donation of up to $499 or in-kind donation
*Flyering and community outreach
*Interpretation services
*Poster and program design
*Other 
*Name listing on promotional materials and event program (no logo)

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