"Providence has come a long way from just 20 years ago when a visitor coming into the city by rail would find sprayed across the walls of the nearly empty Union Station such epithets as 'Providence is the pits' and 'Welcome to dead city.' And it was. I know because I lived there."
Smolski, Chester, "For Providence, Another Era of Greatness?" (2001). Smolski Texts. 277.
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