Chester Smolski


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Downtown Providence from above, looking west across the Providence River into the cityscape. This 1976 view shows how Interstate 195 used to divide the city and occupy crucial downtown real estate. It was relocated in the 2000s to follow a more direct route to Interstate 95, crossing the Providence River adjacent to the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. This photograph also displays the importance and reality of Providence's forming around the Moshassuck and Providence rivers, its original economic building under industrialization on the rivers.


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, Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.


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


downtown, aerial, cityscape, waterfront, highway relocation, highways