Photographer/Creator

Chester Smolski

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Date

6-1-1976

Description

This 1970s view of Providence shows how the former route of Interstate 195, along with the railroad yard behind Union Station, isolated downtown Providence from the surrounding neighborhoods. The downtown area, connected by the border of its rivers, is imperative to understanding the formation of Providence. As Providence underwent many renewals and revivals over the next thirty years Smolski documents it, the reliance on the Moshassuck and Providence rivers for industry is the entirely why the city aligns itself to their borders.

Notes

Bibliography: Leazes, Francis J. and Mark T. Motte, Providence, the Renaissance City. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004, p. 39. Binder, Jacob. "Divided by Pavement, Divided by Race: 1-195's Impact on Providece." Brown Political Review, 19 Mar. 2016, www.brownpoliticalreview.org/2016/03/divided-pavement-divided-race-195s-impact-providence/. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.

Themes

Urban Geography

Subject Headings

Aerial views -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Waterfronts -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Express highways -- Rhode Island; Downtown districts -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Railroads -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Keywords

downtown, aerial, cityscape, city planning, highway relocation, railroad, urban transportation, skyscraper, aerial

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