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In this 1987 view the newly constructed Francis Street approach to the State House is complete thru the future intersection with Memorial Blvd. Interstate 95 separates Providence's West Side from downtown. The Foundry Building is on the left side of the highway, and URI’s College of Continuing Education is grouped below Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The college buildings will make way for the Providence Place Mall's construction concluding in 1999.


Bibliography: Leazes, Francis J. and Mark T. Motte, Providence, the Renaissance City. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004, pp. 264.


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


aerials, city planning, cityscape, highways, Capital Center, urban renewal, railroads, state house, automobile parking, Woonasquatucket River