AND OFFICIALS SHOW BROAD SUPPORT FOR BURYING THE WATERFRONT POWER LINES
More than 50 LOCAL AND STATEWIDE
GROUPS AND OFFICIALS support burying the power lines on the Providence/East Providence
waterfront, as indicated by statements issued by, among others, the:
>Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Cong. Kennedy
>Presidents of Brown, RISD, and Johnson and Wales
>Providence and East Providence City Councils
>citizens associations from nine city neighborhoods, and many advocacy and professional
The Community Associations
represent Fox Point, College Hill, Downtown, Cape Verdeans, the Jewelry District, West
Broadway, the Southside, Summit, and South Main Street.
The Business and Professional Associations
include the Providence Tourism Council, Downtown Merchants Association, and American
Institute of Architects, RI Chapter
The Statewide Advocacy Organizations include Save
the Bay, the Sierra Club, Preserve Rhode Island, the RI Tree Council, and the Conservation
|COMMON THEMES of the statements of support:
- Its now or never to bury
power lines that have to be removed for the I-195 relocation.
- This is an irrevocable decision: we
will have to live with it for the next century.
- Industrial-era transmission lines significantly
detract from the waterfront, a regional landmark.
- Burying the wires would finish the job begun
by the river walks, which have powered the economic rebirth of the capital region.
- The power lines could be buried at a marginal
cost relative to the overall cost of relocating I-195, waterfront and downtown
redevelopment, and the longterm economic benefits of burial.
- It would be penny-wise and
pound-foolish not to take advantage of this once-in-a-century chance to enhance the
waterfront, a cornerstone of the capital region's economic future.
LIST OF SUPPORTERS
State Elected Officials:
Governor Donald Carcieri
Attorney General Patrick Lynch
Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty
State House of Representatives:
Sen. Dan DaPonte, Sen. Rhoda Perry
RI State Planning Council:
John O'Brien, Secretary
RI Dept of Environmental Mgt:
Ron Gagnon, Chief, Office of Technical and Customer Assistance
Rep. Patrick Kennedy
City of Providence
Mayor David Cicilline
Providence City Council
Providence City Plan Commission
Providence Parks Department
Bob McMahon, Acting Supt.
India Pt. Master Plan Adv. Comm.
Sam Shamoon, fmr Plan. Dept. Dir.
|City of East
East Providence City Council
East Providence Planning Board
Acting City Manager
Michael Robinson, Acting Chair
Johnson & Wales
RI School of Design
President Ruth Simmons
President John Bowen
President Roger Mandle
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCS.
American Institute of Architects, RI
American Society of Landscape Architects, RI Chapter
Downtown Merchants Assn.
Jewelry District Assn.
Providence Tourism Council
South Main Street Improvement Assn.
Werenfels, Past President
Josh Miller, President
Michael Hogue, President
George Donnelly, Exec. Director
Jim Hahn, President
Editorial Page Editor
Michael Hong, General Manager
Verdean Subcommittee of RIHPHC
College Hill Neighborhood Assn.
Corliss Landing Condominium Assn.
Fox Point Boys and Girls Club
Fox Point Citizens Assn.
Friends of India Point Park
The original India Pt Park Committee
Summit Neighborhood Assn.
West Bwy Neighborhood Assoc.
|Mercedes Monteiro, Chair
Thomas Goddard, President
Judi Braman, Secretary
Robert Britto, Executive Director
John Roney, President
David Riley, Co-Chair
Peggy Sharpe & Bob Schacht
Constance Chesebrough, Vice President
Kari Lang, Executive Director
Conservation Law Foundation
Greenways Alliance of RI
Preserve Rhode Island
Rhode Island Tree Council
Save the Bay
Sierra Club, RI Chapter
Jennifer Cole Steele, Advoc Coordinator
Bob Votava, Exec. Director
Richard Santopietro, Chair
Laura Archambault, Exec. Director
Janet Zwolinski, Exec. Director
Fred Stolle, Chairperson
Topher Hamblett, Director of Advocacy
Barry Schiller, Transportation Chair
OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Community Boating Center
Dunn Foundation (formerly Scenic RI)
Heritage Harbor Museum
Providence Maritime Heritage Fndn.
Vartan Gregorian School
|Peter Gengler, President
Richard Youngken, Exec. Director
Mark Davis, Former CEO
Karen Pelczarski, former President
Anthony DeAngelis, Acting Principal
for excerpts from selected statements
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