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Blighted area in Upper South Providence near Women and Infants (1986) and Rhode Hospital (1864). In-fill housing eventually filled much of the vacant land, as well as the hospitals claimed space needed for expansion through parking lots and resource centers. The central building is Lockwood Plaza Apartments, and at the north end of the photograph, Classical High School and the Weybosset Hill area.


Bibliography: Woodward, William McKenzie. "Pps/aiari Guide to Providence Architecture." Providence, RI: Providence Preservation Society, 2003, pp. 291-292. Woodward, Wm McKenzie and Edward F. Sanderson. "Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources." Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986, pp. 175.


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Building Type



Urban blight

Subject Headings

Aerial Photography in land use -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Urban renewal -- Rhode Island -- Providence; City planning -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Land use, Urban -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Roads -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Automobile parking -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Prairie Avenue (Providence, RI); Slums -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Upper South Providence (Rhode Island)

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name


Street Address

593 Eddy St.


aerials, city planning, housing, automobile parking, slums, Upper South Providence, neighborhoods