"I like Providence, but it was not always so. As a youngster, growing up between Boston and Providence, my friends and I very seldom ventured south into that city of corruption, clutter and crime; after all this was where the Mob was centered. Rightly or wrongly, that was the image that was conveyed."
Smolski, Chester, "Cultural Contribution of the Capital City" (1997). Smolski Texts. 264.