"It may very well be the most important decision facing Providence in this century; it would provide new commercial space approximately one and one-half times that found in the present downtown; it would remove black and ugly 'dead' space (parking) from the foot of the state Capitol and replace it with acres of greenery and enhanced riverfront; it would provide better access into the downtown and facilitate the east-west flow of traffic; it would drastically alter the focus of the downtown; and it would greatly increase the tax base of the capital city. The Capital Center Project, with its proposed relocation of the railroad tracks and construction of a new railway station, offers all of these opportunities for the city of Providence."
Smolski, Chester, "Momentous Decision: Capital Center Project" (1979). Smolski Texts. 134.
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