Providence, Rhode Island

cop-side-providenceOnce known as the “Beehive of Industry,” Providence — one of the oldest cities in the nation — began rebranding itself as the “Creative Capital” five years ago in an effort to draw attention to its educational and arts communities. It is home to Brown University, one of the eight Ivy League schools. The state capital, Providence is the third-most populous city in New England, behind only Boston and Worcester. Its age explains its haphazardness to drivers as it is densely populated and highly walkable. Like New Haven to its south, Providence prides itself on culture and a high number of restaurants per capita. GoLocalProv — a news outlet dedicated to covering Providence, R.I. — reports that a Rhode Island businessman is exploring a Promise-type program for the state’s capital. Richard Lappin, co-owner of Regency Plaza, LLC, and president of LISCO Development, has started a program, A Door to the Future, which hopes to entice families to move to and remain in the Providence schools, attract businesses looking for a qualified, educated workforce, and improve Providence Public Schools by helping to motivate students who may currently believe that post-secondary education is financially out of their reach. It calls for minimal long-term investments from both parents and students to allow the model to become self-sustaining.

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