East Side, Providence, Rhode Island

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Providence neighborhoods with the East Side in red
The Providence skyline from College Hill

The East Side is a collection of neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city of Providence, Rhode Island. It officially comprises the neighborhoods of Blackstone, Hope (commonly known as Summit), Mount Hope, College Hill (once known as Prospect Hill), Wayland, and Fox Point.[1][2][3]

The area is separated from East Providence, Rhode Island, to the east by the Seekonk River. To the west it is separated from the rest of Providence by the Providence River and Interstate 95. To the north, it borders Pawtucket, Rhode Island. To the south, it abuts Narragansett Bay, which is formed by the confluence of the Seekonk and Providence Rivers.

Roger Williams founded Providence along College Hill. This area thus includes some of the oldest sections of the city. The spot where he landed after crossing the Seekonk River is marked by a small park in Fox Point.

Universities and schools[edit]

The East Side contains most of Brown University's facilities. These include the Main Green, the Rockefeller Library, the Pembroke Campus, and the School of Medicine. Many of the Rhode Island School of Design's buildings are along the slope of College Hill. The RISD Museum is located on Benefit Street.

Private schools include the Moses Brown School, the Wheeler School, Lincoln School, School One, Providence Hebrew Day School, and the French-American School.

Hope High School is located at the corner of Hope and Olney Streets. It is one of Providence's public high schools.[4]

Restaurants and shopping[edit]

Original 1650 settlement plots on the East Side. Wickenden Street owned by William Wickenden (highlighted) and other East Side streets were named after the original plot owner, (e.g. Arnold, Williams, Angell, Waterman)

Numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops are located along Thayer Street, adjoining Brown University at Veteran's Gate, and along Wickenden Street, South Water Street. Both streets are home to numerous small and independent shops, though Thayer Street has a few chain stores. Brown University's bookstore is located on Thayer.[5] A notable Thayer Street landmark is the Avon Cinema which dates back to the early twentieth century.[6]

Wayland Square is another shopping area, located at the intersection of Wayland Ave. and Angell St.

Parks[edit]

The East Side contains numerous parks and green spaces. India Point Park, the largest of these, is located along the northernmost shore of Narragansett Bay. It is the only large expanse of Bay-side shoreline in Providence reserved for public use.

Interstate 195 separates the park from the rest of Fox Point. Construction plans for the relocation of 195 include plans for a new, larger pedestrian bridge over the interstate, to allow better access between the park and the rest of India Point.

Other parks include:

  • Blackstone Boulevard Park[7] is a green space between northbound and southbound lanes of Blackstone Boulevard. It consists of 19.3 acres (7.8 ha) of parkland and a 1.7-mile (2.7 km) path for jogging and walking.[7][8]
  • Blackstone Park just north of Richmond Square at the end of Waterman Street in Wayland. Blackstone Park is 40-acre (16 ha) city park with 2,400 feet (730 m) of shore frontage on the Seekonk River.[9]
  • Brown Street Park, behind Hope High School. Brown Street Park has several children's play structures and an adult fitness equipment area, ongoing programming includes Children's Play Dates, Fitness Classes, Yoga Classes and a Summer Concert Series.
  • Constance Witherby Park in Wayland.[10]
  • Gano Street Park, along the Seekonk River, has numerous athletic fields and a dog-park. The area is also known as Engineer's Field.[11]
  • Lippitt Memorial Park, a 6-acre (2.4 ha) park at the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard near the Pawtucket border. It is named after former Rhode Island governor Charles W. Lippitt.[11][12]
  • Market Square, a small park on the edge of Downtown.
  • Mary Sharpe Park, a small park between Benefit and Pratt Avenue.
  • Paterson Park, a small park in Wayland adjacent to Blackstone Park.
  • Gladys Potter Park is a small park in Wayland at the corner of Elton St. and Humboldt Ave.
  • Prospect Terrace Park on top of College Hill.
  • Roger William's Landing in Fox Point.
  • Roger Williams National Memorial at the bottom of College Hill.
  • Riverwalk located along the Providence River, where part of Waterfire is held.
  • Veterans' Memorial Park, on the edge of Downtown, is home to a war memorial.

Demographics[edit]

Mostly residential, the East Side is the most affluent part[13] of the city with higher property values, lower unemployment, and higher income levels than the city as a whole.[14] Approximately 20% of the city's 175,000 people live on the East Side.[15] Mount Hope and the area along Elmgrove Avenue have historically had a large community of Russian Jews.[16]

Government[edit]

Three of the fifteen Providence City Council wards are located on the East Side. Ward One includes all of Fox Point and parts of College Hill and Wayland south of Angell St.[17] Ward Two encompasses the remainder of College Hill and Wayland, most of Blackstone, and parts of Mount Hope.[18] Ward Three includes Hope (Summit) and most of Mount Hope.[19]

As of the 2006 elections, Ward One is represented in the City Council by Seth Yurdin, Ward Two by Cliff Wood, and Ward Three by Kevin Jackson.[20] All three are Democrats.

Major public buildings include the Rhode Island Supreme Court on Benefit Street and the RI Office of the Attorney General on South Main Street.[21]

Hospitals[edit]

Miriam Hospital, a private, non-profit hospital, is located along Summit Avenue in the Hope (Summit) area. Local Jewish organizations founded the hospital in 1926.[22]

Butler Hospital, located off Blackstone Boulevard, is Rhode Island's only private mental health hospital. Founded in 1844, the hospital offers psychiatric and substance-abuse treatment programs.[23]

Landmarks[edit]

Lovecraft Square, Providence

The East Side contains the oldest section of the city. The Providence Preservation Society[24] and the Rhode Island Historical Society have preserved numerous historic buildings, especially in the College Hill area. Historic landmarks include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Providence Neighborhood Profiles
  2. ^ http://204.17.79.244/profiles/maprnks/cen_mr/mr_unemp_lg.gif
  3. ^ http://204.17.79.244/profiles/maprnks/cen_mr/cw_mfami_det.gif
  4. ^ Hope High School Arts Community
  5. ^ Brown University Bookstore
  6. ^ Avon Cinema
  7. ^ a b Citywide Green
  8. ^ http://envstudies.brown.edu/thesis/2000/undergrad/akantner/existing_sys.htm
  9. ^ Daytripper's Guide: Providence
  10. ^ Citywide Green
  11. ^ a b Providence Monthly Magazine
  12. ^ Google Maps
  13. ^ Note: affluence was assumed to correlate with high property values, low unemployment, and high income.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Providence RI Relocation Guide - Learn all about the East Side of Providence, RI, home of Brown University
  16. ^ "Providence Neighborhoods: Mount Hope". Providenceri.com. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  17. ^ ward1.jpg
  18. ^ ward2.jpg
  19. ^ ward3.jpg
  20. ^ Providence City Council - Phone: (401) 521-7477
  21. ^ RI Supreme Court - FAQ's
  22. ^ The Miriam Hospital
  23. ^ Butler Hospital, Providence Rhode Island : About Butler Hospital
  24. ^ Providence Preservation Society
  25. ^ Benefit Street, an enduring elegance | Providence | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal
  26. ^ First Baptist Church in America
  27. ^ Welcome to College Hill, the historic heart of Providence
  28. ^ Rhode Island State Police: History
  29. ^ Bilow, Michael (July 27, 2013). "We are Providence: The H.P. Lovecraft Community". Motif Magazine (Providence, Rhode Island). Retrieved 2013-08-04.